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Prior to 2012, taxpayers could take up to $100,000 of the required minimum distribution (RMD) from their IRA and, if donated directly to a charitable organization, exclude the RMD from income. In the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act law that was just recently passed, taxpayers can once again elect to make tax-free distributions of their RMD to a charity from an IRA of up to $100,000 per year for 2012 and 2013. These distributions are not subject to the charitable contribution percentage limits. Since the law was passed after 2012 RMDs were already made, Congress has enacted special elections for 2012. To be eligible, the distribution must have been paid out during December 2012 and transferred in cash to an eligible charitable organization before Feb. 1, 2013. A taxpayer can pay any amount up to the RMD to the charitable organization. In addition, if a taxpayer was required to make a RMD from the IRA in 2012 and failed to do so, the taxpayer may elect to have a distribution paid directly to a charitable organization in January 2013 be treated as if it were made on December 31, 2012. Going forward in 2013, any RMD payments from IRAs must be paid directly to the charitable organization to be excluded from income.
One important item to note is that this exclusion from income is only for Federal tax purposes. The state of Indiana, at this point in time, will require taxpayers to include the amount of the RMD in taxable income.
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by Stacey L. Spencer, QKA | Manager, Employee Benefit Services Group
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for 2012. The purpose of the COLA is to ensure that the purchasing power of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is not drained by inflation. It is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from the third quarter of the last year a COLA was determined to the third quarter of the current year. If there is no increase, there can be no COLA.
When it comes to taxes, reaching age 70 ½ is an important milestone. That’s because you have to start taking minimum annual distributions from most retirement plans when you reach age 70 ½. And if you’ve already retired from your company, at 70 ½ you must also begin making withdrawals from your company’s retirement plan. Not taking these distributions means you could get hit with a 50% penalty tax!