Benefits of Donating from IRA with New Tax Law Changes in 2018

Bethesda Health | December 5, 2018

How would you like to lower your taxes and donate to a great cause without itemizing the donation on your tax forms?

According to Pam Dempski, Corporate Vice President and Director of Fund Development at Bethesda Health Group, an IRA gift transfer is a convenient way to make a donation while providing additional tax benefits.

How Donating from IRA Works

People age 70 ½ or older can transfer up to $100,000 per year to a qualifying charity, which will count toward satisfying their required minimum distribution (RMD) from their IRA. “This lowers their adjusted gross income, which in turn lowers their taxes,” says Pam. “They have to take their distribution anyway, and if they don’t need all or a part of their RMD, this provides them with a great option to explore.”

The donation could potentially lower a person’s tax bracket, and may even keep their income low enough to avoid Medicare Part B and Part D high-income surcharges, which boosts premiums for people whose adjusted gross income is more than $85,000 (if single) or $170,000 (if married and filing jointly). It may also minimize the amount of taxes on Social Security benefits. The donation can be split among multiple charities.

The provision also applies to each individual’s IRA within a marriage, meaning a couple could donate a maximum amount of $200,000 if each owns a separate IRA.

Consider Bethesda for Your Holiday Giving

Charities that qualify for this type of donation are designated as 501(c)(3). Bethesda Health Group qualifies and uses donations to support our senior residents who do not have sufficient income to cover the cost of their care. “Our mission at Bethesda is to enable seniors to continue to receive quality care with us even after they have exhausted their resources,” says Pam.

When and How to Donate

For 2018, donations must be made by Dec. 30, 2018. Arrangements should be made as soon as possible to provide sufficient time for the transfer to be completed and documented. Talk to your IRA administrator to understand what steps you need to take, as procedures vary between firms.

Things to remember:

This holiday season, please donate to Bethesda via your traditional or ROTH IRA to see your own tax benefits while changing the lives of seniors. For more information, contact the Bethesda Health Group Foundation at foundation@bethesdahealth.org or call 314-800-1981.

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