Pooled Income Funds: The Best Kept Secret In Planning From The Shallow End To The Deep End

  • Accountant
  • AFSP
  • CFP (US)
  • CGFM
  • CPA (US)
  • EA
  • ORTP
  • ChFC
  • CSA
  • MRTP
  • FSCP
  • CASL
  • ChSNC
  • RICP
  • WMCP
  • CWS

Published: February, 2022

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Course Description


  • What is a Pooled Income Fund?
    2 mins
  • The Benefits of a Pooled Income Fund
    11 mins
  • Income Tax Consequences
    19 mins
  • Why Use a PIF Instead of a CRT?
    32 mins
  • Suggested Scenario Design
    49 mins

Course Description

Traditionally, a Pooled Income Fund is a trust that is established and maintained by a public charity. Individual donors pool their donations in the Fund and the Fund then assigns each donor “units of participation” based on that individual donor’s contributions to the Fund. At least annually, the Fund distributes the net investment income to the donors based on their units of participation for the duration of the donor’s life. After the donor’s death, the Fund’s assets attributable to that donor may be used by the charity for its charitable purposes.

Pooled Income Funds offer several advantages to participants, but the most important advantages include an immediate tax deduction, lifetime income payments, and the satisfaction of charitable goals.

In this online continuing education course learn how to use Pooled Income Funds (PIF) to provide an immediate partial tax deduction and a lifetime of income for your high-net-worth clients and their most important charitable organizations.  PIFs have been part of the tax law since 1969 but, until recently, they have always been run by big charitable organizations. Now, a few savvy professionals have reinvigorated PIFs to make them more donor and advisor friendly. Further, low federal interest rates make the charitable income tax deduction for PIFs much greater than the Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT), to which they are closely related. Further, there are no constraints that prevent the PIF from naming multiple generations of income beneficiaries, allowing for some creative wealth transfer.  This online CPE session will take you through the practical details of how and when to make PIFs pay-off for your clients and their key causes.

Key topics covered in this online CPE webinar:

  • Why PIFs?
  • What are the benefits of PIFs?
  • How to use PIFs for Tax Planning?
  • How PIFs is used for wealth transfer?

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Learning Objectives

  • To discuss Pooled Income Fund (PIF) and when to use it for your clients
  • To discuss multiple benefits of using a PIF 
  • To discuss basic rules governing PIFs, including the “dos and don’ts”
  • To compare and contrast PIFs vs. Charitable Remainder Trusts and other charitable tools
  • To discover why a “Young” PIF is more effective than an “Old” PIF
  • To discuss different ways to use a PIF to benefit multiple generations

Recommended For

  • This online CPE course is recommended for CPA, PFS, CSA, and Other Financial Planning professionals involved in financial planning for their clients.
  • This online IRS-approved CE course is recommended for EA, AFSP, and all the Tax Professionals involved in tax planning for their clients.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • California Registered Tax Professional
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Senior Advisor
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Financial Planner
  • Maryland Tax Preparers
  • Oregon Tax Preparers
  • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS)
  • Private Wealth Advisor
  • Senior Accountant
  • Tax Accountant (Industry)
  • Tax Attorney
  • Tax Director (Industry)
  • Tax Firm
  • Tax Managers
  • Tax Practitioners
  • Tax Preparer
  • Tax Professionals
  • Tax Pros

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial Planning for Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial Planning for Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial Planning for Chartered Advisor in Senior Living (CASL)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Taxes for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Enrolled Agents (EA) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00592-21-S)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial Planning for Financial Services Certified Professional (FSCP)
  • 1 CPD Credit of General income tax planning for Personal Financial Specialist (PFS)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial Planning for Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial Planning for Wealth Management Certified Professional (WMCP)
  • 1 CE Credit of Investment Planning for Certified Financial Planner (US) (Approval No. 299838)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Oregon Registered Tax Preparers (ORTP) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00592-21-S)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Maryland Tax Preparer (MRTP) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00592-21-S)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 1 CPE Credit for Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)

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About Presenter

Randy Fox

Principal, Two Hawks Consulting, LLC

Randy A. Fox, CFP®, AEP® is the founder of Two Hawks Consulting, LLC. and a nationally known wealth strategist, philanthropic estate planner, educator and speaker. He is also the co-founder of EzCharitable, LLC, an online training resource for professional advisors who wish to expand their capabilities in philanthropic giving. Mr. Fox has authored hundreds of articles and presentations for attorneys, financial advisors, CPAs and HNW families. He is the Editor in Chief of Planned Giving Design Center, a national newsletter and website for philanthropic advisors.  Mr. Fox attended Washington University in St. Louis where he studied Chinese and Political Science

About Company

Two Hawks Consulting, LLC


Especially for the accounting, legal and financial planning experts serving ultra-high-net-worth clients and their closely-held, wealth-generating businesses, Two Hawks Consulting is the thought-leading advisor-to-the-advisors on advanced estate planning, charitable/philanthropic giving and business transition and succession planning.  Two Hawks collaborates closely with specialized experts to conduct a comprehensive review of the client’s situation, to develop a custom plan design book with recommended solutions and timing, and to direct all legal, financial, accounting and insurance aspects of the plan. We also stay connected to closely monitor plan performance, review plans thoroughly at least once each year and update them as needed


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Ratings and Review


618 Ratings



Very Good









Susan Schreiner, CFP (US), EA

Nov 6th, 2021

Very good presentation. Very interesting idea. I don't work with high net-worth individuals, so less practical for me, but still excellent and interesting.


Miranda Brownlow, Accountant, CPA (US)

Dec 30th, 2021

Enjoyed the information on how PIFs actually work from the investment point-of-view, rather than donor relation view.


Christine Levin, CPA (US)

Dec 14th, 2021

The instructors were great. I learned a lot and appreciated both the overview as well as how they dug in to examples.


Steven Dean, EA

Oct 2nd, 2021

the method of learning was very helpful as I could use it as my time allowed


Robert Pelletier, CPA (US)

Jul 28th, 2021

very good, helpful insight into the use of this planning technique

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