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Charitable Donations Can Remedy Your RMD Tax Burden

| March 03, 2021

If you’re over age 72, each year you must take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your retirement accounts. Failing to do so results in a hefty penalty—50% of the amount you should have withdrawn. But what if you don’t need the income? What if taking the RMD will increase your tax burden or Medicare insurance premiums?

Enter: the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

To avoid receiving your RMD as income, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to a qualified charity. This satisfies your RMD and prevents any unwanted additional income that would increase your tax burden. Importantly, a donation you make from income you’ve already received doesn’t qualify as a QCD.

If you have any questions about RMDs or QCDs, or need assistance with year-end financial and tax strategy, don’t hesitate to contact the office.

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