Obama Tax Law Extends the Charitable IRA Rollover – A Win-Win for You and Your Older Donor | npENGAGE

Obama Tax Law Extends the Charitable IRA Rollover – A Win-Win for You and Your Older Donor

By on Dec 28, 2010

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On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the much-anticipated Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.  Among other things it includes or extends provisions that benefit donors and charitable organizations.  One of the most exciting provisions on charitable donations is the extension of the Charitable IRA Rollover.  This law allows people who are 70 ½ or older to make tax-free transfers of up to $100,000 per year from a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA directly to charity.  The law was originally effective for 2006 and 2007 and then twice extended through 2009.  It was allowed to expire on January 1, 2010, however. 

The new law extends the charitable IRA rollover for two years by allowing gifts completed in January of 2011 to be treated as if they were made on Dec. 31, 2010 and also allows transfers through the end of 2011. 

According to early information collected by the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) from more than 900 nonprofit organizations, hundreds of millions of dollars in donations have gone to charity through IRA distributions.  At the time of their report, the average distribution was over $16,000 with the most common distribution was $5,000.

Both PPP  and the Planned Giving Design Center (PGDC) have information and resources on soliciting and accepting Charitable IRA Rollover gifts(PGDC requires a free registration).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katherine has over 30 years of experience in the fundraising industry as a consultant, development officer and advancement team manager. As a member of Blackbaud’s analytics consulting team for over a decade, she facilitates strategic, client-facing content for Blackbaud’s custom modeling, wealth screening, and prospect research solutions to enhance clients’ development efforts with data-driven strategies.  Before assuming this role, she served as the national director of gift planning at
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society home office. Katherine has raised over $200 million during her career. She is a past president of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, a former lawyer and also served as an affiliation faculty member at Regis University where she taught development-related courses at the master’s level for more than 10 years. She is a frequent speaker at BBCON, NACGP, Apra, AFP and other industry conferences.

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