Deadline Looms for Charity Tax Break

Posted on Oct 25, 2011

According an article in the Wall Street Journal, you have until the end of 2011 to transfer as much as $100,000 from an IRA to qualified charities without counting that money as taxable income, only if you are 70.5 or older.

It is unclear whether this tax provision will be extended beyond 2011, but there is a good chance that it will because of strong support from prominent charitable organizations. Some lawmakers are even considering making the provision permanent.

To qualify for this provision, your transfer must be directly made to charity
, the key word being "directly." Charitable organizations are in favor of this provision because it has led to significant donations over the years.

Diana Aviv, who is president and CEO of a coalition of charities, said the provision has become popular for the wealthy as well as those in the middle-income bracket. Gifts have been pouring in from an array of donors, she said.

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