A Better Way to Take Your RMDs
Here’s the situation: You’d like to give money to one or more charities this year. You’re also over age 70½, which means that you have required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your IRAs. You’ve decided you don’t really need some (or all) of the RMD to spend, so you’re going to give some (or all) of that RMD money from your IRA to the charity. You take the required distribution, it lands in your bank account, and you then turn around and write a check to your charity. You report the RMD as income, and, if you itemize, you deduct it out as a charitable donation. It should be a net-zero to you tax-wise, right? Maybe not. The way our current tax system works, you may have just subjected yourself to extra taxes by doing exactly that. Is there potentially a better way? Yes!