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Time of Year for RMDs

For those 72 years or older, it is that time of year to be sure you take your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) if you have certain retirement accounts.

Here are just a few reminders about RMDs and considerations for charitable contributions:

1.       Age Requirements: Individuals who are 72 years old or older are generally required to take RMDs from their traditional IRAs, 401(k)s, and other qualified retirement accounts. (NOTE: 73 if you reach age 72 after Dec. 31, 2022)

2.       Calculating RMDs: RMD amounts are determined based on life expectancy and account balances. The IRS provides tables to help calculate the required distribution each year.

3.       Penalties for Non-Compliance: Failing to take the required minimum distribution can result in significant penalties, including a 50% excise tax on the amount not withdrawn.

4.       Qualified Charitable Distributions: Retirees can directly transfer up to $100,000 per year from their IRAs to qualified charities, such as the Peru State College Foundation, without including the distribution in their taxable income. This can be an effective way to meet RMD requirements while supporting charitable causes.

5.       Tax Advantages of QCDs: Making charitable contributions through QCDs can help reduce taxable income, potentially placing individuals in a lower tax bracket and minimizing the impact of other aspects of their financial situation.

6.       Supporting Educational Initiatives: Since the Peru State College Foundation is focused on educating students, contributing through a QCD could support scholarships, programs, and other educational initiatives, contributing to the broader community.

7.       Personal Fulfillment: Beyond tax benefits, supporting charitable causes can bring personal fulfillment and a sense of giving back to the community, making the retirement years more meaningful.

8.       Professional Guidance: Before making any decisions about RMDs or charitable contributions, it’s advisable to consult with a financial advisor or tax professional. They can provide personalized advice based on individual circumstances and financial goals.

Remember that tax laws and regulations can change, so staying informed and seeking professional advice is crucial when making decisions about RMDs and charitable contributions.