If you hold stock in a closely held business, you may be able to use that stock as a powerful way to support our future.
Closely held stock is most often used to support our work in the form of:
An outright gift. You can make a gift of closely held stock as long as the constituting documentation for the business permits additional owners and it is debt-free. The donation of closely held stock first requires you to value the interest in the business entity.
Review this checklist to see if you may benefit from donating closely held stock. Then, consult your professional legal and tax advisors to see how to maximize the benefits of this tax-efficient strategy for making a difference.
- You are a majority shareholder in a closely held corporation.
- You would like to remove retained earnings from the corporation, without having them taxed again.
- You would like to maintain a controlling position in the corporation’s outstanding stock.
- You would like to avoid capital gains taxes on the shares you donate to Mayo Clinic.
- You would like to receive a federal income tax deduction for the full appraised value of the gift.
- You would like to support our mission to provide the best possible care to patients and families.
A gift in your will or living trust. If you are not ready to make a gift of these assets during your lifetime, consider making a gift of all or a portion of your closely held stock through a gift in your will or living trust.
A charitable remainder trust. You may be able to use all or a portion of your closely held stock to fund a charitable remainder trust. If you do, you receive a federal income tax deduction on the appraised value of your gift and you pay no capital gains taxes at the time of the gift. The trust pays you or other named individuals payments every year for life or a term of years. When the trust term ends, the remaining principal goes to Mayo Clinic as a lump sum. Although a charitable remainder trust with a flip triggering event works well with most business interests, this type of trust cannot be the owner of S Corporation stock.
A charitable lead trust. In certain situations, you can create a charitable lead trust that allows you to pass your closely held stock to your heirs after supporting Mayo Clinic. The trust makes regular payments to Mayo Clinic for a period measured by a fixed term of years or the lives of one or more individuals. After the term ends, the remaining assets, including any appreciation, pass to your heirs. A properly designed lead trust will produce an estate or gift tax deduction for the value of that portion of the trust designated for Mayo Clinic.
* A gift of closely held stock requires special handling, so you should always consult with your legal or tax advisor first.
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- Contact Mayo Clinic Office of Gift Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-297-1185 for more information on giving a gift of closely held stock.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- If you include Mayo Clinic in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
Legal Name: Mayo Clinic
Address: 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
Federal Tax ID Number: 41-6011702
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Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information in this publication is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Mayo Clinic policies may impact gift acceptance, gift structure, and options available. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.