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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 Monterey Bay Aquarium 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.
Robert and Carol treasure the financial help they have been able to give their children and the Aquarium over the years. The couple recently updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their kids. They left the Aquarium a $75,000 IRA to be transferred following their lifetime. Because the Aquarium 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: Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation
Address: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Federal tax ID number: 94-2487469
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