As we approach the end of the year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a reminder for those aged 70½ or above who own Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). This special provision allows for tax-free transfers of up to $100,000 to charities each year. Known as Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs), these contributions offer a simple and impactful way for eligible seniors to support charitable causes while potentially benefiting from tax advantages.
Making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)
For those considering a QCD for the year 2023, it’s essential to initiate the process by contacting the IRA trustee promptly. This ensures there’s ample time to complete the transaction before the year-end. Unlike regular IRA distributions, QCDs become tax-free when directly paid from the IRA to an eligible charitable organization. Electronic payments to the IRA owner or checks made payable to the owner do not qualify.
Annual Exclusion and Spousal Benefits
Individuals aged 70½ or above can exclude up to $100,000 annually from their gross income for QCDs. For married couples in which both spouses are eligible, each can exclude up to $100,000, allowing for a combined total of $200,000 per year. This exclusion applies regardless of whether the IRA owner itemizes deductions on Schedule A.
Reporting Your QCD Correctly
A QCD made in 2023 needs to be reported on the 2023 federal income tax return, typically filed during the 2024 tax season. IRA owners will receive Form 1099-R from their IRA trustee in early 2024, reflecting all IRA distributions for the previous calendar year. While there’s no special code for a QCD, it’s crucial to correctly report it on Line 4 of Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR. Enter the total amount on Line 4a, and if the full amount is a QCD, enter 0 on Line 4b. Include “QCD” next to Line 4b, with detailed instructions available in the 2023 Form 1040 guidelines.
Obtaining a Receipt
Although QCDs are not deductible as charitable contributions on Schedule A, it’s imperative to secure a written acknowledgement from the charitable organization before filing the tax return. This acknowledgement should include the date and amount of the contribution and specify if the donor received anything of value in return.
Explore the nuances of IRA distributions and QCDs in Publication 590-B, Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to ensure you leverage these options effectively.
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