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

Legally separated

A husband and wife who are required to live apart from each other by the terms of a decree of separate maintenance. Payments under the decree are deductible by the payor and taxable to the payee as alimony.

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