Use Your IRA to Make a Gift
A Tax-Smart Way to Help Ohio State
If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit Ohio State and receive tax benefits in return. You can give any amount up to $100,000 annually from your IRA directly to a qualified organization such as The Ohio State University Foundation without having to pay income taxes on the money. This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover, but you may also see it referred to as a qualified charitable distribution, or QCD for short.
Why Consider This Gift?
- Your gift will be put to use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making to our students and faculty.
- You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.
- If you reached the age of 70½ on or before Dec. 31, 2019, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution for the year. If you turn 70½ on or after Jan. 1, 2020, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution starting at the age of 72. (Note: The RMD requirement has been waived for 2020, per the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.)
- Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.
Frequently Asked Questions
By making a gift now from your IRA, you can see your philanthropic dollars at work. You are jump-starting the legacy you would like to leave and giving yourself the joy of watching your philanthropy take shape. Moreover, you can fulfill any outstanding pledge you may have made by transferring that amount from your IRA as long as it is $100,000 or less for the year.
No. The legislation requires you to be age 70½ by the date you make the gift.
Yes. Direct gifts to a qualified organization can be made only from an IRA. Under certain circumstances, however, you may be able to roll assets from a pension, profit sharing, 401(k) or 403(b) plan into an IRA, then make the transfer from the IRA directly to The Ohio State University Foundation. To determine if a rollover to an IRA is available for your plan, speak with your plan administrator.
Yes, absolutely. If you reached the age of 70½ on or before Dec. 31, 2019, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution for the year. If you turn 70½ on or after Jan. 1, 2020, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution starting at the age of 72. Contact your IRA custodian to complete the gift. (Note: The RMD requirement has been waived for 2020, per the CARES Act.)
We must receive your gift by Dec. 31 for your donation to qualify this year. If you have check-writing privileges on your IRA account, please mail your check by Dec. 18 in order to give us time to process your gift before the end of the year.
No. You can give any amount under this provision, as long as it is $100,000 or less per year. If your IRA is valued at more than $100,000, you can transfer a portion of it to fund a charitable gift.
No. Under the law, an individual can only give a maximum of $100,000. For example, you can give each organization $50,000 this year or any other combination that totals $100,000 or less. Any amount of more than $100,000 in one year must be reported as taxable income.
If you have a spouse (as defined by the IRS) who is 70½ or older and has an IRA, he or she can also give up to $100,000 from his or her IRA.
No. The donor of an IRA rollover gift is not eligible to receive any benefits or privileges in return for the gift, including membership in a donor society and athletic ticket points and benefits. Otherwise, the gift will not be a qualified charitable distribution.
How To Start
- Contact the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at 614-292-2183 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on giving an IRA gift.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- Contact your IRA administrator and ask how to initiate the transfer. Instruct the plan administrator to make the check payable to The Ohio State University Foundation. Include your name and fund designation in the memo section. Mail the check to: The Ohio State University Foundation 1480 West Lane Avenue Columbus, OH 43221 Attn: Office of Estate and Gift Planning
Legal Name: The Ohio State University Foundation
Address: 1480 West Lane Avenue Columbus, OH 43221
Federal Tax ID Number: 31-1145986
Payments for Life
Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.
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