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Life Insurance

Life Insurance as a gift

You may consider making a future contribution to Missouri Southern by using a life insurance policy. There are several ways to use life insurance to fund a contribution to the MSSU.

The simplest method is to name the Missouri Southern Foundation as a beneficiary. Since the beneficiaries can always be changed and the donor holds the policy no tax deduction is available.

The donor may give an existing, paid up, policy to the Foundation by naming the foundation as owner and beneficiary. In this case the donor is entitled to a charitable tax deduction for the replacement value of the policy.

The donor may take out a new policy on themselves, or someone else if the donor is uninsurable, and name the Foundation as the beneficiary. By naming the Missouri Southern Foundation as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary the donor is entitled to a charitable tax deduction for the amount of the premium.

Donors should always contact the Foundation if they are considering giving a gift through an insurance policy. The donor may wish to restrict how the funds are used by designating certain departments or activities at the College as recipients of the gift. A Foundation representative can work with the donor to ensure the gift is used as the donor wishes. Because you retain possession of the assets and all income during your lifetime there is no income tax deduction, however the assets will pass outside probate avoiding any estate tax.

There are many examples of how a retirement account can be used to fund a gift to benefit MSSU. In all cases, donors should consult their attorney, accountant, or estate planner when considering gift giving.