Commercial Annuities

Banks and life insurance companies typically sell commercial annuities. They provide the owner with fixed or variable income based on commercial rates of return. Because commercial annuities are subject to income and estate taxes, they are often considered among the best assets to leave to charity. The best way to give a commercial annuity in support of our work is after your lifetime is to name us as beneficiary.

Upon withdrawal, even after death, a distribution from a commercial annuity will be subject to federal income tax and applicable state income tax. By naming us as beneficiary, the University of Houston can receive your commercial annuity completely tax-free and any assets contributed to the University of Houston in this manner will result in a charitable deduction and help reduce any estate tax your estate might incur.

Making this gift is as simple as updating your beneficiary form with your bank or insurance company. You can designate us as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make us the contingent beneficiary so that we will receive the balance of your policy only if your primary beneficiary doesn’t survive you.

Next Steps

  1. Contact Office of Gift Planning at 713-743-8680 or giftplanning@uh.edu for additional information on commercial annuities.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include University of Houston in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: University of Houston
Address: 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77004
Federal Tax ID Number: 74-6001399