The Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) remains unchanged with the new tax law to go into effect in 2018. A quick recap of the QCD is timely here:
• The IRA owner must be 70 1/2 or older;
• The transfer can be for no more than $100,000/yr. , the amount may be smaller;
• The QCD is not reported in your taxable income, but you receive no tax deduction;
• Only applies to gifts from Individual Retirement Accounts and NOT from 401(k) plans, SEP IRA’s or other tax-favored retirement planning vehicles;
• Qualifies toward the required minimum distribution. The transfer is made directly from a custodian or trustee to a qualified charitable organization;
• Discuss with your tax and financial advisor before initiating such a gift.
Because of the new tax law’s increased standard deduction, many taxpayers will no longer itemize and therefore will not deduct charitable contributions. The QCD can be advantageous in that you avoid recognition of income by diverting all or part of your required minimum distribution directly from your IRA custodian to the qualified charity.
In addition to supporting a qualified charity with a QCD, you may still consider the charity as a primary or secondary beneficiary of your IRA account after your lifetime. Because these funds are received by a qualified charity with no income tax liability, they can be a great choice for your after-lifetime philanthropy, leaving tax friendly assets to pass to your family and other heirs.