Charitable Gift Annuities

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Charitable Gift Annuities

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  • 1. 
    If a donor purchases a gift annuity for $100,000, what is the minimum amount that must go to the charity?
    • A. 

      The charity must receive at least $10,000 at the donor’s death

    • B. 

      The charity must receive at least $50,000 at the donor’s death

    • C. 

      If the donor lives exactly as long as his or her life expectancy, the charity must receive greater than $10,000

    • D. 

      If the donor lives exactly as long as his or her life expectancy, the charity must receive at least $50,000

    • E. 

      If the donor lives exactly as long as his or her life expectancy, the charity must receive an amount with a present value (at the time of the initial transaction) of greater than $10,000

  • 2. 
    Some common reasons to use a charitable gift annuity would include all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A donor wishes to make a large gift to a charity, but is concerned that she may outlive her assets and be left with no income

    • B. 

      A donor already plans to leave an estate gift to the charity, but would like to get an immediate income tax deduction

    • C. 

      A donor wishes to receive a fixed income stream that won’t change or run out, even if market returns are poor

    • D. 

      A donor wishes to receive income that is guaranteed by all of the assets of a large charitable institution

    • E. 

      A donor wishes to completely avoid the payment of any capital gains taxes while receiving some income

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is an example of a state rule regulating charities issuing gift annuities in that particular state?
    • A. 

      The charity must maintain a reserve equal to their payment obligations in the gift annuities

    • B. 

      The charity must maintain a reserve equal to their payment obligations in the gift annuities plus a designated surplus

    • C. 

      The charity must have been in operation for a minimum number of years (such as three years) and must have a minimum amount of cash reserves (such as $300,000).

    • D. 

      The charity must meet no financial, reserve, or age requirements at all

    • E. 

      All of the above are examples of state rules regulating charities issuing gift annuities in some state

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT a negative risk for a charitable organization that is issuing charitable gift annuities?
    • A. 

      The annuitants may, on average, live longer than their actuarial life expectancy

    • B. 

      The annuitants may, on average, live only to their life expectancy, but those with relatively large annuities live longer

    • C. 

      The annuitants may, on average, live only to their life expectancy, but those with relatively small annuities live shorter

    • D. 

      The annuitants may, on average, live only to their life expectancy, but those with relatively small annuities live longer

    • E. 

      The charity’s investment returns may be less than those needed to fund the annuity payments

  • 5. 
    Appropriately licensed financial advisors can become involved in the charitable gift annuity process in all of the following ways except?
    • A. 

      Managing gift annuity assets pools for nonprofit organizations

    • B. 

      Selling commercial annuities as reinsurance for nonprofits issuing gift annuities

    • C. 

      Giving advice to clients regarding the financial strength and stability of a nonprofit organization issuing charitable gift annuities

    • D. 

      Selling charitable gift annuities on behalf of financial institutions

    • E. 

      Giving advice to clients regarding the financial results of a charitable gift annuity

  • 6. 
    Which of the following actions would not create any risk of losing the exemption from securities regulations normally given to the offering of charitable gift annuities?
    • A. 

      Paying a sales commission to fundraisers selling charitable gift annuities

    • B. 

      Marketing charitable gift annuities primarily as investments, rather than as a means to make a charitable gift

    • C. 

      Listing the rates available for donors as a percentages

    • D. 

      Comparing the gift annuity rates with CD rates as a comparison of “yields”

    • E. 

      Indicating that because gift annuity published rates are higher than other investment interest rates, they are therefore generating a higher “return”

  • 7. 
    Reinsuring gift annuities (where the charity purchases commercial annuities to match some or all of its annuity payment obligations) can offer the following benefits to a charitable organization operating a gift annuity program, EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Reinsurance can exactly match an income stream (from the annuity company) to the charity’s obligation to pay annuity checks.

    • B. 

      Reinsurance removes the charity’s legal obligation to make the annuity payments

    • C. 

      Reinsurance removes the risk from the charity that the annuitant may live much longer than expected.

    • D. 

      Reinsurance can be used to cover the risk associated with accepting a few very large gift annuities, by allowing the charity to reinsure only those few annuities

    • E. 

      Reinsurance prevents the charity from being in the odd circumstance of wishing for the early death of its donor annuitants.

  • 8. 
    Why is a gift annuity that is actuarially projected to pay 75% of its original cost to an 80 year old annuitant (with a 9 year life expectancy) riskier for the issuing charity than a gift annuity that is actuarially projected to pay 75% of its original cost to a 40 year old annuitant (with a 42 year life expectancy)?
    • A. 

      An 80 year old annuitant is more likely to die

    • B. 

      A 40 year old annuitant is more likely to die

    • C. 

      An 80 year old annuitant is more likely to live 10 years past her original life expectancy

    • D. 

      A 40 year old annuitant is more likely to live 10 years past her original life expectancy

    • E. 

      An 80 year old annuitant is more likely to live to twice as long as her original life expectancy (thus resulting in 2 times the actuarially projected payout) than is a 40 year old annuitant.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following comparisons between charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts is incorrect?
    • A. 

      A charitable gift annuity usually involves no costs charged directly to the donor for setup or administration, where a CRT often requires both expenses

    • B. 

      Charitable gift annuities can commonly be created even for transactions as small as five to ten thousand dollars, where a CRT is usually not practical unless much more money is involved.

    • C. 

      A charitable gift annuity is a simple (often one page) document, where a CRT often involves many pages and greater legal expense.

    • D. 

      A charitable gift annuity pays a fixed dollar amount to the donor, where a CRT is required to pay a percentage of all trust assets

    • E. 

      A charitable gift annuity is issued by the charity itself, where a CRT is created by the donor.

  • 10. 
    All of the following are available options using some type of a charitable gift annuity EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      The donor can name a different person as recipient of the annuity payments other than the donor himself or herself

    • B. 

      The donor can select a fixed period annuity rather than a life annuity to receive larger payments over a shorter term

    • C. 

      The donor could gift the remainder of the annuity if income payments from it are no longer needed

    • D. 

      The donor could defer the payments of the annuity to increase the value of the remaining payments by purchasing a deferred charitable gift annuity

    • E. 

      The donor could opt for a two life annuity in which the payments only cease after the death of the second individual

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