Qualified Charitable Distributions Allow Eligible IRA Owners to Donate up to $100,000 Tax-Free to Charitable Organizations
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) present a unique opportunity for eligible Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners to donate up to $100,000 tax-free to charitable organizations. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today reminds IRA owners aged 70½ and above that they can make tax-free transfers of up to $100,000 to charities each year.
Understanding Qualified Charitable Distributions
These transfers, known as Qualified Charitable Distributions, provide eligible senior Americans with an excellent way to easily donate to charity before the year ends. For those aged 73 and above, the QCDs count towards the owner’s Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for the year.
The IRS encourages IRA owners to consider this tax-free giving strategy as a way to fulfill their RMD, support their favorite charities, and lower their taxable income. By making a QCD, the donation comes out of your IRA account directly to the charity, bypassing you, and therefore, not included in your taxable income.
Benefits of Qualified Charitable Distributions
The benefits of QCDs are twofold. First, they provide a means for seniors to contribute to charitable causes they care about. Second, they offer a tax-efficient way to meet the Required Minimum Distribution rules for IRA accounts.
To learn more about Qualified Charitable Distributions, visit the IRS website.