New legislation designed to help make sure that you don’t outlive your assets in retirement has implications for charitable planning, including the popular IRA rollover gift.

The law:

  1. Raises the age at which you must start receiving retirement distributions from 70½ to 72.
  2. Allows contributions to be made to a regular IRA after the age of 70½.
  3. Requires (with certain exceptions) that retirement funds given to non-spousal beneficiaries be fully distributed within ten years.

The official title of the legislation is “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019,” popularly known as “the SECURE Act.”

Charitable IRA Rollover Rules

  • Donor must be at least 70 ½ years of age when the gift is made
  • Transfer must be made directly from the IRA administrator to the West Point Association of Graduates
  • The maximum allowed gift per individual is $100,000 per year
  • Must be an outright gift. Contributions for life-income gifts—such as gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts are not permitted
  • This gift opportunity only applies to IRAs. The charitable IRA distribution can be used to pay a pledge

Benefits of a Charitable IRA Rollover

  • May make a significant gift without using cash or other assets
  • The rollover amount is a tax-exempt distribution and not subject to income tax
  • IRA rollover can be used to meet all or part of the required minimum distribution (RMD)
  • Gift is not subject to charitable gift limitations

Steps to make a Charitable IRA Rollover to WPAOG

Email us at plannedgiving@wpaog.org to alert us of your gift. To ensure accurate handling, include the following:

  • Date should expect the wire
  • Dollar amount
  • Sending organization
  • Intended designation (if known)