Qualified Charitable Distribution
Use Your IRA to Make Charitable Gifts
When you reach age 70½, you can take advantage of making a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. An IRA qualified charitable distribution allows you to make a gift up to $100,000 annually from your IRA to the Missionary Oblates and avoid income taxes on the distribution. Even if you don’t itemize on your federal tax return and take the standard deduction, you can still avoid taxes with this type of gift.
Benefits of a Qualified Charitable Distribution
- Distributions made directly to the Oblate Missionary Society, Inc. (our legal title) are not included in your gross income, and thus are not taxed at the federal level.
- Even if you don’t itemize your deductions or if you have maxed out your annual charitable deductions, you can still benefit from making this type of gift because distributions from your IRA directly to the Oblate Missionary Society are not federally taxed.
- You can make qualified distributions up to $100,000 per individual or $200,000 per couple each year to help people in need.
To Make a Qualifying Gift
- You must be at least age 70½ at the time of the gift.
- Transfers must be made directly from a traditional IRA account by your IRA administrator to the Oblate Missionary Society (You can write a check directly to the Oblate Missionary Society if you have an IRA checking account).
- Do not withdraw your funds and send your gift to the Oblate Missionary Society yourself. Funds that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do NOT qualify.
- The IRS will not recognize your qualified transfer to the Oblates as income; therefore you will not be entitled to a federal income tax deduction for your gift. However, each state treats this differently so please consult your tax or financial advisor.
- Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other plans do not qualify. You must first roll these types of retirement funds into an IRA, and then you can direct your administrator to transfer the funds from your IRA directly to Oblate Missionary Society.
- Unfortunately transfers like this cannot fund charitable gift annuities, donor-advised funds or charitable remainder trusts.
Suppose Joe, who is over 70 ½, wants to make a contribution to the Oblate Missionary Society. He has $500,000 in his IRA and wants to withdraw $19,000 this year. He wants to donate $14,000 and keep $5,000 for himself. He can authorize his IRA administrator to transfer $14,000 from his IRA to the Oblate Missionary Society. The $14,000 will not be subject to federal tax and the $5,000 he kept for himself will be taxed as ordinary income.
To make this easier for you click here for a sample letter that you can send to your IRA plan provider to initiate a distribution. Please contact us to share the Good News and let us thank you for your generous support of our missions and ministries!
*Required minimum distributions have been waived for 2020, for most individuals. Please consult your financial advisor or IRA administrator for more information.
To contact the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving please call 1-800-233-6264.
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IRA Beneficiary Designations
Consider leaving a legacy gift from your tax-deferred IRA or 401(k) retirement plan to the Oblate Missionary Society. These plans are typically pre-tax assets that will be heavily taxed when given to anyone other than a spouse. When you name the Oblate Missionary Society as beneficiary, they will receive 100% of your gift tax free.