Commercial Annuities

A Smart Way to Leave a Gift to the Humane Society of the United States

Like retirement plan assets, commercial annuities provide for tax-deferred growth while the owner is living. Because distributions from commercial annuities are subject to income taxes, they are often considered among the best assets to leave to charity. Due to our tax-exempt status, the Humane Society of the United States can receive your commercial annuity completely tax-free. The best way to give a commercial annuity in support of our work after your lifetime is to name us as beneficiary.

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 does not survive you.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Steve Maughan at 1-800-808-7858 or humanelegacy@humanesociety.org for additional information on commercial annuities.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the HSUS in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: The Humane Society of the United States
Address: 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037
Federal tax ID number: 53-0225390