IRA

IRA Distributions can benefit IPR

The IRA Charitable Rollover was first enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and permanently extended in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. Now, you can make a charitable gift directly from your IRA every year while excluding the amount of that gift from your adjusted gross income (AGI).

Advantages to you:

  • You can use an often-overlooked asset to make a gift to Iowa Public Radio.
  • The IRA Charitable Rollover permits you to make donations directly to charitable organizations such as Iowa Public Radio from your IRA without counting the distribution as part of your AGI and, consequently, without paying taxes on it.
  • You don’t recognize the distribution as income for federal income tax purposes.
  • The distribution counts towards your minimum required distribution for the year.

To qualify:

  • You must be 70-1/2 or older and required to take an annual distribution from your IRA.
  • Your total combined charitable IRA rollover contribution cannot exceed $100,000 in any one year. (Married couples may be able to contribute up to $200,000.)
  • Charitable contributions from an IRA must go directly to a public charity that is not a supporting organization. Contributions to donor-advised funds and private foundations, except in narrow circumstances, do not qualify for tax-free IRA rollover contributions.
  • Distributions can only be made from traditional Individual Retirement Accounts or Roth IRAs. Charitable donations from 403(b) plans, 401(k) plans, pension plans, and other retirement plans are ineligible for the tax-free treatment. Distribution must be made directly from the IRA trustee payable to Iowa Public Radio or another qualifying non-profit.
  • You cannot receive any goods or services in return for your charitable IRA rollover contribution in order to qualify for tax-free treatment.
  • You must receive an acknowledgement from Iowa Public Radio or other charity for each rollover contribution.

We recommend that you seek advice from your accountant prior to making a charitable rollover as personal circumstances can have a significant impact on whether charitable rollovers are advantageous. In order to benefit from a current calendar year-end IRA contribution, plan to contact your IRA administrator as soon as possible as some administrators may place a deadline on requesting transfers.

If an IRA distribution seems like a good option for you, we have included two sample letters to help you communicate your wishes to Iowa Public Radio and to your IRA administrator. These letters will also assist us in properly receipting you for your contribution.

Letter to IRA administrator requesting a qualified charitable distribution to IPR.

Letter notifying IPR of your intention to make a gift from your IRA.

For more information about making a Charitable IRA Rollover contribution to Iowa Public Radio, contact Andrea Hansen at 515-725-1701 or ahansen@iowapublicradio.org.