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“IRA Rollover” Gifts for Donors Aged 70½ or Older

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on December 18, 2015, made permanent what is popularly known as the IRA charitable rollover.

Gifts from Retirement Plans During Life Age 70½+ Diagram

Benefits

  • Your gift is transferred directly to NYU Langone; since you do not receive the funds, they are not included in your gross income*
  • Your gift will count towards your minimum distribution requirement
  • You support the programs that are important to you at NYU Langone

*No income-tax deduction is allowed for the transfer.

How It Works

  1. You are 70½ or older and instruct your plan administrator to make a direct transfer of up to $100,000 to NYU Langone
  2. Plan administrator makes transfer as directed to NYU Langone

Here are the requirements and restrictions for making an IRA charitable rollover gift:

  • The donor must be 70½ or older.
  • The gift must be made directly from the IRA to an eligible charitable organization.
  • Gifts to all charities combined cannot exceed a total of $100,000 per taxpayer for the year.
  • The gifts must be outright, and no material benefits can be received in return for the gifts. Thus a transfer for a gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or pooled income fund is not permitted.
  • Gifts cannot be made to a donor advised fund, supporting organization, or private foundation.
  • The gift is not included in taxable income, and no charitable deduction is allowed.
  • The gift can be made only from an IRA. Gifts from 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans are not permitted.

An IRA rollover may be the right gift for you to make if:

  • You want to make a charitable gift and your IRA constitutes the largest share of your available assets.
  • You are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, but you do not need additional income.
  • You do not itemize your deductions. In that case a personal IRA distribution increases your taxable income without the benefit of an offsetting deduction. An IRA charitable rollover will not be included in your taxable income even if you do not itemize other deductions.
  • You live in a state where retirement plan distributions are taxable on your state income-tax return, but your state does not allow itemized charitable deductions.
  • You would like to make an additional charitable gift, but it would not be deductible because of the annual limitation of 50 percent of adjusted gross income for charitable contributions. The IRA charitable rollover is equivalent to a deduction because it is not included in taxable income.
  • You have an outstanding pledge to a charity. The IRA charitable rollover can satisfy a pledge without violating rules against self-dealing.

Here are the steps to take to make a gift:

  • If you want to make a qualifying transfer, contact your IRA administrator and instruct that person to transfer funds to the charity(ies) you designate.
  • Contact our office. We will answer your questions and provide instructions for completing your gift.

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Disclaimer: The information provided is general in nature and may not apply to all individuals. This information does not constitute legal or tax advice. We urge you to consult with your personal tax, financial, and legal advisors concerning the specific consequences of making gifts to NYU Langone Health. We would be pleased to discuss, in confidence, ways in which you may support NYU Langone Health.