Qualified Charitable Distributions
 – Presented by Mark K. Lund, Investment Advisor

A choice for I.R.A. owners who want to reduce taxes linked to I.R.A. distributions.

Do you have an I.R.A.? As you enter your 70s, you may start to look at that I.R.A. not only as an asset, but also as a problem. By law, you must take required minimum distributions (R.M.D.s) from a Traditional I.R.A. once you reach age 72; there are very few exceptions to this. The downside of these R.M.D.s? The entire distribution is taxable. (You never have to take R.M.D.s from a Roth I.R.A., provided you are its original owner.)1

While the income from the R.M.D. is nice, the linked taxes can be a headache. Relief for that headache might be available to you, though. Did you know that you can potentially satisfy some or all of your annual R.M.D. requirement in a way that can help you manage taxes and make a charitable impact?

Consider the Qualified Charitable Distribution, Q.C.D. This is a direct asset transfer from an I.R.A. to a charity or non-profit organization of your choice. The organization must be tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Section 501(c)(3).2

A Q.C.D., sometimes called a charitable I.R.A. gift, is intended to accomplish two things. One, it gives you a chance to contribute up to $100,000 in a single year to a cause or charity. Two, you can count the entire amount of the Q.C.D. toward your R.M.D. for the year, and the Q.C.D. amount may not be included in your gross income.2

You must be at least 70½ years old to make a Q.C.D. You may want to coordinate a Q.C.D. with the help and guidance of a financial professional, because if you improperly manage the transfer of assets between your I.R.A. and the charity, the tax break you hope for could be lost. You also need to allow enough time for the asset transfer to occur, meaning Q.C.D.s are best arranged before the very end of a calendar year.2,3

In 2020, the age limit for putting money into a Traditional I.R.A. was lifted, and some older I.R.A. owners wondered if they could make a Q.C.D. to a charity and simultaneously characterize it as an I.R.A. contribution. The Internal Revenue Service said no to that.2

That said, a Q.C.D. is a choice that you may want to look at, especially if you think of taxes when you think of your mandatory annual I.R.A. distributions. It should be noted that the tax treatment of I.R.A.s can change from year to year, and remember, this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute real-life advice. If a Q.C.D. interests you, consider talking with an investment advisor  before making any move.

If you ever have any questions about your investments or retirement plans, please feel free to give me a call at 801-545-0696.

 

Citations
1. Forbes, February 23, 2021
2. TheStreet, August 31, 2020
3. Investopedia, October 29, 2020

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Mark K. Lund is the author of The Effective Investor, a #1 Best Seller, and founder of Stonecreek Wealth Advisors, Inc. an independent, fee-only, Registered Investment Advisory firm. He has provided articles for or been quoted in: The Wall Street Journal, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Enterprise Newspaper, The Utah Business Connect Magazine, US News & World Report, and Newsmax.com, just to name a few.  Mark publishes two newsletters called, “The Mark Lund Growth Report” and “Mark Lund on Money.”  Mark provides CPE (continuing professional education) courses for CPAs.  You may also have seen him on KUTV Channel 2, or as a guest speaker at a local association or business. Mark provides investment and retirement planning services for individuals and 401(k) consulting for small businesses. In his book, The Effective Investor, Mark exposes the false narrative magazines, media, big Wall Street firms, and most advisors want you to believe. The good news is that Mark will show you that you don’t need their speculative ways of investing in order to be a successful investor. Get a free copy when you schedule your initial consultation.

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