Use Your IRA to make
gift to Boyce Thompson Arboretum!
Did you realize if you are 70 ½ years or older, new legislation allows you to make cash gifts totaling up to $100,000 a year from your IRA to qualified charities like Boyce Thompson Arboretum without incurring income tax on the withdrawal? Now you can make a charitable gift during your lifetime from your retirement assets and not incur income tax penalties. The provision is effective for tax years 2006 and 2007 only.
Charitable IRA Rollover Provision
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 contains a two-year IRA Charitable Rollover provision allowing people age 70 ½ or older to exclude up to $100,000 from their gross income in 2006 and 2007. The gifts are made directly to a qualified charity.
The new provision permits distributions from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs to qualified public charities and private operating foundations as described in IRC 170 (b)(1)(A). Distributions were previously income taxable, they are now excludable from gross income, eliminating the income tax penalty for such charitable gifts.
The following limitations and restrictions apply:
- The individual for whose benefit the plan is maintained must have attained the age of 70 ½ or older at the time of gift.
- Qualified charitable distributions may not exceed $100,000 in the aggregate in any taxable year.
- The provision applies to tax years 2006 and 2007 only. Qualified distributions must be made by December 31 of each year.
- Qualified distributions must be made directly to the charity by the plan trustee. Contact your plan trustee for information on how to initiate a transfer.
- Qualified charitable distributions may be excluded from gross income for Federal Income tax purposes. However, no federal income tax deduction is available. Certain states may not exclude gift amounts withdrawn from an IRA for state income tax purposes.
- Only outright gifts are eligible. Distributions to charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds and other split-interest arrangements do not qualify for special tax treatment.
- Qualified contributions may be counted toward the Minimum Required Distribution
(MRD) for a donor's IRA accounts.
" Qualified contributions are not subject to the deductibility ceiling (50% of AGI) or the 2% rule that requires that itemized deductions be reduced by 2% of AGI in excess of $150,500 for tax year 2006.
- Gifts from retirement accounts other than IRAs-such as 401k, 403b, and SEP accounts-are not eligible. Donors may be able to make qualified transfers of money from other accounts to their IRA, and then make a charitable gift from their IRA. Check with your tax adviser.
- Distributions to Supporting Organizations as described in IRC 503(a)(3) and Donor Advised Funds as described in IRC 4966(d)(2) are specifically excluded.
- Donors who do not itemize their Federal income tax returns may make qualified IRA gifts and exclude such gifts from their reportable income.
Who is most likely to benefit?
- Individuals who take mandatory minimum withdrawals, but don't need additional income.
- Individuals who wish to give more than the deductibility ceiling (50% of AGI).
- Individuals who are subject to the 2% rule that reduces their itemized deductions.
- Individuals whose major assets reside in their IRAs and who wish to make a charitable gift during their lifetime.
- Individuals who intend to leave the balance of their IRA to charity at death anyway.
Consult your legal or tax advisor before making any decision based on the provided information.