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A Legacy of Giving: Time, Treasure and Talent
Retirement Account Gifts Make Sense at Any Age
IRA Gift Transfers . . . A Limited-Time Opportunity
Added Incentives for IRA Gifts
Nuts and Bolts of IRA Gift Transfers

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Nuts and Bolts of IRA Gift Transfers

IRA Gift Transfers
  • Donors must be past the age of 70H when the gift occurs and own a traditional or Roth IRA – other retirement plans such as pensions, 401(k) plans and others are not eligible, although it may be possible to “roll over” those plans into IRAs and then make qualified IRA gifts.
  • Only the IRA custodian can transfer gift amounts to a qualified organization. If IRA owners withdraw funds and then contribute them to the Red Cross separately, amounts withdrawn will be included in the donor’s gross income.
  • No charitable deductions are allowed, but transfers to the American Red Cross count toward the IRA owner’s required annual distribution and therefore can reduce taxable income. IRA gifts will not impair deductibility of regular charitable contributions.
  • IRA gifts may not exceed $100,000 and must be made before January 1, 2008. The “ceilings” on contribution deductions (50% of adjusted gross income for cash, 30% of AGI for long-term capital gain property) do not apply to IRA gifts.
  • IRA gifts cannot be made for charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities or any arrangements that provide a return benefit for the contributor.

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