Office of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations
52 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Receive immediate cash and make a gift to Becker College by selling to us a valuable asset, such as real estate, for less than it is worth.
A bargain sale may be right for you if:
How It Works
You sell real estate or other property to Becker College for less than it is worth.
You receive immediate cash equal to your sale price. Your property becomes ours to use or sell.
A bargain sale is a simple agreement in which you sell property, such as real estate or some other valuable asset, to Becker for less than the property is worth.
It is possible to sell any sort of property to us for a bargain price. In addition to real estate, you can complete a bargain sale arrangement with collectibles such as artwork or antiques, other personal property, or securities. Please contact us about the property you are considering so that we can discuss whether we would be interested in acquiring the property for a bargain price.
You will receive an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift. The amount of your deduction will equal the difference between the fair market value of the property you donate and your sale price.
You will also avoid capital gains tax on a portion of your capital gain in the gift property. For example, if you sell your property to us for one third of its fair market value, you will pay capital gains tax on just one third of your capital gain in the property.
By removing your property from your estate, you may also reduce estate taxes and probate costs when your estate is settled.
If you are interested in selling us real estate or tangible personal property at a bargain price, you will need to establish the value of your property by obtaining a qualified independent appraisal.
To be valid for claiming your income tax charitable deduction, your appraisal must be conducted no more than 60 days before the bargain sale is completed and no later than the due date, including extensions, of the tax return for the year in which you make your gift.
If you are considering a gift of real estate, our organization requires the following additional steps before we accept your gift:
George Thanos, a devoted supporter of Becker College, owns vacant land that he purchased years ago for $15,000. The land was recently appraised at $250,000. George would like to make a major contribution, but he is planning improvements to his home, and he needs about $50,000 to finance his project.
George is thrilled to learn that a bargain sale arrangement will allow him to make the contribution he envisions and get the cash he needs to complete his home improvement project. He's also pleased with his $200,000 income tax deduction, which will create tax savings that more than offset the capital gains tax he'll need to pay.
|Value of land||$250,000|
|Cost of land||$15,000|
|Income tax deduction||$200,000|
|Capital gain to report||$47,000|
|Capital gain avoided||$188,000|
|Income tax saved at 39.6% rate||$79,200|
|Capital gain tax at 20% rate||- $9,400|
|Net tax savings||$69,800|
|Cash to George||+ $50,000|
|Total benefit to George||$119,800|