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Unlocking the Potential of Your IRA: A Roadmap to Tax-Smart Charitable Giving

As we navigate the complexities of retirement planning, it's essential to consider not only our financial security but also the legacy we wish to leave behind. For many seniors, charitable giving plays a significant role in shaping that legacy, allowing them to support causes dear to their hearts while potentially enjoying tax benefits along the way.

At Teller Senior Coalition, we understand the importance of maximizing charitable impact while minimizing taxes, which is why we're excited to explore two tax-smart strategies for leveraging your IRA assets in philanthropy.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs):

Picture this: you've reached the age of 73, and the IRS requires you to start taking annual withdrawals from your IRA, known as Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). But what if you don't need these withdrawals for your living expenses? Enter QCDs, a powerful tool that allows you to support charities directly from your IRA while potentially reducing your tax burden.

With a QCD, individuals aged 70½ and older can instruct their IRA administrator to send up to $105,000 per year to qualifying charities, excluding donor-advised funds. This not only fulfills your RMD requirements but also ensures that more of your assets go towards supporting the causes you care about. Plus, since QCDs aren't reported as taxable income, they can potentially lower your adjusted gross income (AGI), impacting your tax bracket and eligibility for benefits like Social Security and Medicare.

Naming Charitable Beneficiaries:

Another avenue for tax-efficient charitable giving is naming a donor-advised fund account or other public charity as a beneficiary of your IRA assets. Unlike traditional heirs, these charitable beneficiaries won't pay income tax on inherited IRA assets, meaning every penny of your donation goes towards advancing your philanthropic goals. Additionally, exploring options like charitable remainder trusts can provide income to heirs while supporting charitable causes and potentially offering estate tax deductions.

Ready to embark on your philanthropic journey? Teller Senior Coalition encourages you to explore the benefits of a Schwab Charitable donor-advised fund account, plan your charitable legacy, and join the Schwab Charitable Legacy Program to support charities beyond your lifetime. By consulting with your financial, tax, and legal advisors, and reaching out to Teller Senior Coalition, you can navigate these strategies with confidence and leave a lasting impact on the causes you care about.

Interested in learning more? 

Schwab CharitableTM has tools, information, and other resources available online to inform and guide donors throughout their philanthropic journey.  

Together, let's unlock the full potential of your IRA and make a meaningful difference in the world.

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