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Donating your IRA RMD

One little-noticed bit that slipped into the Pension Protection Act of 2006 is this; Any or all of an IRA RMD (required minimum distribution) may be donated directly to a charity, and it will not count as income, yet still count as a completed RMD.
Why is this good?
There are people who are in a 'standard deduction' scenario where they do not take donations as itemized deductions. So for one person whose money I manage, this will let her make her $2000 intended contribution and avoid the tax on that portion of her RMD. A savings of $300. (In fact, I will have her convert that much more to a Roth, to top off the 15% bracket. So in the end, she'll be able to convert the $2000 for 'free' as compared to this law not being in place).
This is done as a direct transfer to the charity. (The broker will issue a check to the charity, and let the client present it as a donation)

For some, the dollar amount/tax bracket may be higher.
I recommend Fairmark.com to research the tax bracket you fall into.
This provision expires 12/31/2007.
Note; I've received emails stating that this is not money 'saved'. That it's somehow money that is given away. In my example above, my client has an intended donation, which was to be made regardless of its deductibility. By alerting her to the law just passed, she can donate $2000 which, through direct transfer, avoids taxation. $300 not paid to Uncle Sam is money 'saved' to my way of thinking. If you are able to itemize, this new law will not benefit you.
This law has now expired, it's been moved here for reference only. If congress extends the law, I will post an update.

JOE