Submitted By: Will
Answered: December 16, 2016 1:00 pm

I’m 72 years old and want to use the required minimum distribution amount from my IRA to benefit several charities. Can I do this?

Yes. Those age 70-1/2 and older can transfer up to $100,000 annually directly from an IRA to a public charity. The distribution is not taxed, although no charitable contribution deduction can be taken. This qualified charitable contribution rule has been made permanent. There is no restriction on splitting the distribution among several charities as long as they are public charities (not private foundations).

Tax Glossary

Marital deduction

An estate tax and gift tax deduction for assets passing to a spouse. It allows estate and gift transfers completely free of tax.

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