Estate Planning Awareness Month: Gifting Your IRA
For the IRA or 401(k) owner, the qualified plan is a wonderful benefit and a very good asset. However, for children, the IRA or 401(k) is transferred with a large "you owe the IRS" tax bill attached (with the exception of a Roth IRA that is income tax free). For the vast majority of qualified plans, the child will pay income tax. Worse yet, the IRA or 401(k) distributions may even push the child into a higher tax bracket.
Because charities are tax exempt, there is no payment of income tax or estate tax. The charity receives the full value tax free. By transferring the IRA or 401(k) to charity, it is possible to turn a bad asset into a good asset.
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