If you are 72 or older, you can contribute money to MOM directly from your Individual Retirement Account in a tax advantageous manner. IRA distributions donated directly from your retirement fund to a 501(c)(3) charity such as MOM, are considered Qualified Charitable Deductions.
The charitable distribution must be:
- From a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA;
- Direct from the IRA trustee to the charitable organization—with no intervening possession or ownership by the IRA owner;
- On or after the IRA owner has reached age 70½; and
- A contribution to an organization that would qualify as a charitable organization under Sec. 170(b(1)(a), other than a private foundation or donor advised fund.
Making a QCD as opposed to a normal charitable gift has two main advantages. First, a QCD counts toward satisfying an individual’s minimum distribution for that year. Second, the distribution is then excluded from the taxpayer’s taxable income. Total annual Qualified Charitable Deductions cannot exceed $100,000 per individual. Spouses can each make up to $100,000 of QCDs.
This year, with fewer individuals expected to itemize deductions, under the new tax regulations, the charitable deduction will be lost for many people. However, if you are 70 ½ or older, and are charitably inclined the QCD really works as a way to preserve an income-tax-reducing charitable deduction. Please consult with your personal financial advisor to learn more.