You are here

How do we get inheritance back from charity?

Your Legal Questions Answered

How do we get inheritance back from charity?

My father had real estate worth $50,000 that he deeded to my brother and me. Later he decided he wanted us to deed it to my Section 501(c)(3) ministry, which we did. My father has died and I am wondering if there is a way my brother and I can get this inheritance back without taxation.

You can buy it at fair market value. Absent something like fraud, mistake or misrepresentation by the charity, which does not sound applicable to your situation, donors to charity cannot get their property back after they have given it. Unfortunately many donors, especially those considering gifts of real estate, don’t always consider this before they make the gift. Once a charity receives a gift, it must use it (or the proceeds from selling it) for its charitable purposes. The ministry could not give it to you, or sell it to you below fair market value, without creating an excess benefit transaction, on which you would be personally subject to tax. (See Ready Reference Page: “Charities Must Avoid Excess Benefit Transactions”)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Add new comment

Sign-up for our weekly Q&A; get a free report on electioneering