Life Insurance Policy

Sometimes people find themselves with life insurance policies they no longer need after the death of a spouse or after children are grown. By contributing such a policy to America’s Automotive Trust (AAT), you can make a wonderful gift and reduce taxes that may otherwise be due upon your death.

You can also receive a charitable income-tax deduction for the cash surrender value of the policy when you irrevocably assign the policy to AAT. Be sure to use our legal name and address as follows:

America's Automotive Trust
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

Gifts of Percentage Interest in a Policy
You might choose to designate AAT to receive only a partial interest (e.g., a percentage) of a life insurance policy.

Gifts of New or Partial-Paid Policies
You may also assign a partially paid policy to AAT and keep the policy active by sending premium payments to AAT. Or you may purchase a new policy and name America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) as owner and irrevocable beneficiary. All of your payments would be tax deductible if you itemize.

Gifts That Save Capital Gain
Gifts of securities can be used to cover the payments on a new or partially paid life insurance policy, with America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) named as a beneficiary. By donating securities, capital-gain tax can be eliminated entirely.

Insurance Dividends
The dividends of a whole life insurance policy may be designated to America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) without reducing the death value of the policy for your beneficiaries. The donor, who remains the owner of the policy, retains the right to borrow against the policy.

Naming America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) as Beneficiary
Another option is to name America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) as the primary beneficiary or co-beneficiary of a life insurance policy. You would retain ownership of the policy and have access to the policy’s cash value. Because you retain ownership, no charitable income-tax deduction is allowed at the time of the gift. Although the face value of the policy will be included in your gross estate at your death, your estate will be entitled to an offsetting charitable estate-tax deduction.

More Information

Contact Us

giftplanning@aat.org
253.683.3943

 

America's Automotive Trust
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

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Ensuring America's Automotive History is Preserved

1965 Lotus F2There are many factors that show America's automotive history is at risk:

  • Our education system emphasizes college-prep and focuses less on the applied arts, crafts and trades. Meaning less young adults are entering the workforce in the areas of restoration and preservation of vintage vehicles, including motorcycles, boats and planes.
  • Car services are becoming more popular and are competing with traditional car ownership.
  • Technological advances have made modern cars more reliable and longer lasting – reducing the need for local repair shops. Hyper-sophisticated safety and environmental requirements make it difficult for a local mechanic to maintain or repair vehicles.
  • Government sponsored museums are dedicated to art, technology, history, air and space, but there is no Smithsonian for the automobile. Many traditional car museums have a limited purpose beyond showcasing the collections of its founders. They're often static in nature, have limited cultural reference and unfortunately, often collapse with the death of their founders with collections sold and dispersed.
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