Wednesday, January 16, 2013


If you are over age 70 1/2, you can save on last year's taxes by giving directly from your IRA this January.

In the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act, there is a provision that is retroactive.

How? With an Individual Retirement Account "IRA" Charitable Rollover, also called a "qualified charitable distribution."

What is an IRA Charitable Rollover? An IRA Charitable Rollover is a direct transfer of up to $100,000 from your traditional IRA to a qualified charity.

Who is eligible to make an IRA Charitable Rollover? Traditional IRA owners who are at least 70 1/2 years old.

How does an IRA Charitable Rollover benefit me? Because the donation is made directly to charity, you benefit by not having to count the donated amount as income for tax purposes - this can be particularly helpful in excluding all or part of your required minimum distribution.

What if I already took my required distribution this year? If you received a distribution between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2012, you may donate all or part of that distribution by writing a check to your desired charity by February 1, 2013 and that donation will count as an IRA Charitable Rollover for 2012.

How long do I have to act? You are allowed to make an IRA Charitable Rollover before February 1, 2013 and have it apply to your 2012 taxes. You are also eligible to make an IRA Charitable Rollover for your 2013 taxes any time throughout 2013.

How do I make an IRA Charitable Rollover? Instruct your IRA trustee to make the contribution directly to your designated charity before February 1, 2013.

Contact us if you need further information.