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Not everyone wants to commit to making a gift in their wills or estates. Some prefer the increased flexibility that a beneficiary designation provides by using:
It is very simple to name the University of Southern Maine Foundation as a beneficiary. Start by requesting a change-of-beneficiary form from your policy administrator or download the form from your provider's website. Make your desired changes and return the form to establish your gift.
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Robert and Carol treasure the financial help they've been able to give their children and USM over the years. The couple recently updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their kids. They left USM a $75,000 IRA to be transferred following their lifetime. Because USM is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our mission.
If Robert and Carol had left the IRA to their children, approximately $18,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes—leaving only $57,000 for their family's use. Robert and Carol are happy knowing they are making the most of their hard-earned money thanks to their updated estate plan.
*Based on an assumption of a 24 percent marginal income tax bracket.
Legal name: University of Southern Maine Foundation
Address: P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300
Federal tax ID number: 04-3350930
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