The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA), without treating the distribution as taxable income. The provision is part of a package of 55 temporary tax extenders that were allowed to expire on January 1, 2014.
Ways and Means Committee would make permanent IRA charitable rollover
On May 29, the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation (H.R. 4619) that would make permanent the IRA charitable rollover, along with two other expired charitable extenders, a provision to extend the deadline through April 15 for making charitable contributions, and a bill to reduce the excise tax for foundation investment income. Independent Sector and 252 organizations sent a letter to the panel two days prior to the markup, urging them to extend permanently the three charitable giving incentives.
House lawmakers voice support for IRA charitable rollover
House Ways and Means Committee members Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation (H.R. 4619) on May 8, 2014 that would make permanent the IRA charitable rollover provision. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) had introduced legislation (H.R. 3944) January 28 that would renew the provision for one year, along with 11 other temporary tax provisions that have expired or will expire in 2014.
IRA charitable rollover introduced in 113th Congress
Senior Senate Finance Committee member Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Public Good IRA Rollover Act (S.1772) on November 21, 2013 to renew and make permanent the IRA charitable rollover, which was set to expire January 1, 2014. The measure was introduced with five bipartisan cosponsors: Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Carl Levin (D-MI), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Independent Sector continues to work on the introduction of a companion bill in the House.
Independent Sector supports the reinstatement and permanent extension of all charitable tax extenders, including the IRA charitable rollover. The uncertainty caused by the need for an annual extension, as well as the fact that the provisions have been allowed to lapse, diminish the incentive effect of the IRA charitable rollover and other giving incentives, thereby reducing charitable giving and increasing the tax burden on older Americans.
In February 2014, Independent Sector organized a sector-wide letter that was sent to all U.S. Senate offices in support of legislation to renew and enhance the expired IRA charitable rollover. Nearly 500 organizations from across the country signed on.
The IRA Rollover was first enacted in 2006 as part of the Pension Protection Act. The provision expired and was reinstated multiple times, most recently as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 through December 31, 2013. The provision allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 from their IRAs to public charities without having to count the distributions as taxable income.
Individuals may begin taking distributions from their IRAs as early as age 59½, but are required to begin taking them at age 70½. Normally, these distributions are subject to income taxes.
Since the provision was first enacted, Americans have made millions of dollars of new contributions to nonprofits -- including social service programs, religious organizations, arts and cultural institutions, schools, and health care providers -- that benefit people every day.