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Flip Charitable Remainder Unitrust (Flip-CRUT)

Aug 26, 2011 10:35:09 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867

Flip Charitable Remainder Unitrust (Flip-CRUT)


A Flip-CRUT is a trust that begins as a NI-CRUT or NIMCRUT, and switches ("flips") to a standard CRUT upon a specified date or triggering event. As a NI-CRUT or NIMCRUT, little or no income needs to be generated and distributed. As a standard CRUT, beneficiaries can receive the maximum payout allowed by the trust. With a Flip-CRUT, the net income limitations contained in NI-CRUTs and NIMCRUTs is not locked in, allowing maximum flexibility regarding the growth of trust assets and access to income by the non-charitable beneficiary.


  • A desire to donate to charity
  • Appropriate assets to donate to charity

Key Strengths

  • Combines features of NI-CRUTS or NIMCRUTs and standard CRUTs
  • Can minimize income, capital gains, gift, and estate taxes

Key Tradeoffs 

  • Requires an irrevocable commitment

How Is It Implemented? 

  • Consult an attorney
  • Name a non-charitable beneficiary, a charitable beneficiary, and a trustee
  • Specify the percentage for payouts
  • Specify the triggering event
  • Fund the trust with appropriate assets
  • File appropriate tax returns

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