Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Charitable IRA Rollover Gift

For clients over age 70 and 1/2 Congress snuck in a bit of charitable opportunity in the new 2010 Tax bill that allows one to make gifts directly from one's IRA to your favorite qualified public charity on a tax free basis. The ability to do this ends on January 31, 2011. The gift cannot exceed $100,000.

The Charitable IRA Rollover gift is made directly from the IRA custodian to the charitable organization. The gift is completely tax-free from the IRA to the charity. The gift is not included in the donor's income and the donor receives no income tax charitable contribution deduction for the gift. The completely tax-free transfer provides the equivalent of a 100% income tax charitable deduction for the gift. More importantly, the Charitable IRA Rollover gift does not reduce the donor's ability to make other charitable gifts that are subject to the income tax charitable contribution deduction rules.

Anyone needing more information should contact their tax advisor to take advantage of this opportunity before January 31, 2011.

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