2015 IRA Charitable Contributions

Good news! Congress has just extended the IRA charitable distribution provision for 2015 and beyond, and the President has signed it. But you will need to act fast!

Individuals and families looking to allocate their Qualified Charitable Distribution gift in 2015 can act now to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are facing a Required Minimum Disbursement from your IRA, this may be the perfect opportunity to give, tax free, to the MainStream Education Foundation to support the critical work we do educating voters about issues and the importance of voting.

Support our education efforts in 2016 with this amazing opportunity.

For your convenience, we've attached a template letter you can use to request a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA.

Please contact us if you have questions about this wonderful opportunity to support the MainStream Education Foundation and our mission to educate voters to become engaged, vote, and ultimately, do more than vote.

We can be reached at 913-649-3326 or brandi@mainstreamcoalition.org

Thank you for your support of the MainStream Education Foundation!


Charitable Rollover Details

Donors aged 70½ or older who transfer up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities will not have to pay income tax on the money.

Here is a recap of the IRA charitable rollover rules. You can make a direct transfer if:

  • You are age 70½ or older on the day of the gift.
  • You transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to one or more qualified charities. This opportunity applies only to IRAs and not to other types of retirement plans.
  • You pay no income tax on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.
  • The gift can satisfy all or part of the required minimum distribution for the year.
  • The gift may not be used to fund a gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, donor advised fund or private foundation.
  • You do not receive any goods or services in return for the rollover gift in order to qualify for tax-free treatment.
For your future planning, please note that the new law does not have an expiration date. It is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, and will be in effect for the remainder of 2015 and beyond.

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