Charitable IRA Gifts Set to Expire in 2012

Generosity // November 28, 2011

It is still possible to make charitable contributions from your IRA, but the opportunity is set to expire December 31, 2011 unless the government acts to extend it.

The provision originally expired at the beginning of 2010, but was reinstated as part of the 2010 Tax Act.

Here are the details that you need to share with those who are in the qualifying age bracket:

  • The provision allows someone over 70 1/2 years of age to donate up to $100,000 of their IRA assets to a charitable organization.
  • The donor’s contribution can satisfy the required minimum distribution for the year and does not have to be counted as taxable income.
  • Those who qualify to make this gift need to seek counsel from their tax attorney or licensed financial planner for the details.

You would be wise to make those in your church who meet the age qualification aware of this opportunity to support your ministry in this way.

About Rusty Lewis

As a church leader, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having the funding to do what God’s calling you to do. But when you think about trying to address that problem, you feel overwhelmed, you dread the potential pushback from your congregation, and you’re not sure where to turn for help. Over the last 18 years, I’ve helped more than 120 churches close the gap between their current financial reality and what they need to move forward in ministry.

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