Is Messiah College included in your Estate Plans?

A significant source of support for Messiah is to document bequest intentions to the College. Knowing and documenting future bequests is important for a number of reasons:

  1. We want to be able to recognize and thank those who wish to Create a Legacy with the College.
  2. We want to be good stewards and utilize the bequest in the way it was desired.
  3. Knowing bequest intentions will enable the College to better plan for its financial future.
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Legacy gifts have been critical to Messiah College's mission. They make up 80% of our endowment, have helped us build numerous facilities, and provided much needed financial aid to students. If you included Messiah College in your estate plans, please print, complete and mail the Confidential Charitable Bequest Intent form to: Messiah College, One College Avenue Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

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Bargain Sale

Do you have property that you would like to sell? Are you looking for a strategy to reduce your income taxes? A bargain sale might be the right strategy for you.

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Benefits of a bargain sale

  • Avoid capital gains tax on your charitable gift
  • Receive a tax deduction that will reduce your tax bill this year
  • Take the cash received from the sale and reinvest it to create future income, save for retirement, buy new property or achieve other financial goals
  • Help Messiah College further our important charitable work

How a bargain sale works

  1. You sell Messiah College your property for a price less than fair market value.
  2. You receive cash from the sale.
  3. You can take a charitable deduction for the value of your gift which is the difference between the fair market value of the property less the sale price.
  4. While you may owe some tax on the sale proceeds you receive from Messiah College, the charitable deduction from your gift could offset some, most or all of your capital gains taxes associated with the sale.

More on bargain sales

A bargain sale may be accomplished even if you have a mortgage on your property. Because relief from indebtedness can have tax implications, please consult with your tax advisor prior to completing a gift of a bargain sale.

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If you have any questions about a bargain sale, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

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