Over the last few months, many advisors have noticed an uptick in client inquiries about leaving their IRAs and other retirement plans to nonprofits. If you’re wondering why, it likely has a lot to do with the buzz about Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD), which allow those who’ve reached the age of 70 ½ to direct up to $100,000 annually to qualified nonprofits (such as a Designated or Field-of-Interest fund at the Foundation), avoiding both the need for an RMD (if they’ve reached age 73) and the income tax hit.
More and more, charitable planning with IRAs and other qualified retirement plans is a topic in financial and mainstream media. A case in point is a September 2022 article in the Wall Street Journal, irresistibly titled “Win an Income-Tax Trifecta With Charitable Donations.” If you subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, the article is well worth your time.
When your client names a public charity, such as a donor advised or other fund at the Foundation, as the beneficiary of a traditional IRA or qualified employer retirement plan, your client achieves extremely tax-efficient results. Here’s why:
So, if your client is deciding how to leave stock and an IRA in their estate plan, donating the IRA and leaving the stock to children is a no-brainer. Remember, the client’s stock owned outside of an IRA gets the “step-up in basis” when the client dies, which means that the children won’t pay capital gains taxes on the pre-death appreciation of that asset when they sell it.
Here’s the net-net:
Traditional IRAs are often poor vehicles for your clients to use to leave a family legacy. Instead, if a client is charitably inclined, traditional IRAs are likely better deployed to posthumous philanthropy if other assets, such as appreciated stock, are available to leave to children and other heirs.
The Foundation is always happy to work with you to ensure that your clients are maximizing their assets to fulfill their charitable giving goals.
We are here to help you simplify your giving and strengthen your impact. We look forward to helping make your philanthropy powerful and rewarding, creating the lasting change you want to see — in this community and beyond.