Qualified Charitable Deduction from an IRA

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DelHod50
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Qualified Charitable Deduction from an IRA

Postby DelHod50 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:55 pm

When paying church donations from an IRA as a QCD can you use the Online Donation system or does it need to be a check?

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Re: Qualified Charitable Deduction from an IRA

Postby russellhltn » Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:37 pm

That would be more of a tax-law question, a bit outside of the forum's expertise (and charter).

I'm sure any accountant would be much happier to see the funds go direct from your IRA to the church without making a stopover in a personal account. But there may be legal issues as well. The on-line donation system is designed to work with checking and savings accounts. I think it's via a "ACH" transaction. I don't know if it can work with an IRA account.

I know if the case of stocks, it's possible to donate the stock directly and avoid the capital gains tax. I don't know if that might apply to your situation or not. (And no, that's not done in the on-line system.)
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Re: Qualified Charitable Deduction from an IRA

Postby scgallafent » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:20 pm

DelHod50 wrote:When paying church donations from an IRA as a QCD can you use the Online Donation system or does it need to be a check?

You cannot use the online donation system to make donations using qualified charitable distributions.

There are instructions for qualified charitable distributions on the LDS Philanthropies site:
https://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/gift-planning/what-to-give/assets/ira-qcd

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Re: Qualified Charitable Deduction from an IRA

Postby symessc001 » Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:52 pm

I directed DA Davidson company to make a qualified charitable distribution to the LDS Church in the amount of [redacted] from my IRA account. DA Davidson sent a letter to me stating that this was done on November 30, 2020. However, as of today I still do not see the contribution posted to my donation history. I am concerned mostly that the Church received it, and secondly I need a record of the contribution for income tax documentation purposes. Can you help me?

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Re: Qualified Charitable Deduction from an IRA

Postby eblood66 » Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:21 pm

QCDs do not show up in the donation history and will not show up on the annual tax document since QCDs are not actually tax deductible (at least not in the normal sense--rather they don't count as income at all--but tax situations vary so make sure to consult a qualified tax expert on your specifics). However, as stated in the link scgallafent gave, the church will email a “Agency Acknowledgement Letter” acknowledging the receipt of the funds on the 5th of the following month. Since the donation was initiated right at the end of November it probably wasn't received by the church until December so you should get your letter at the beginning of January.

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Re: Qualified Charitable Deduction from an IRA

Postby davesudweeks » Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:27 pm

symessc001 wrote:I directed DA Davidson company to make a qualified charitable distribution to the LDS Church in the amount of [redacted] from my IRA account. DA Davidson sent a letter to me stating that this was done on November 30, 2020. However, as of today I still do not see the contribution posted to my donation history. I am concerned mostly that the Church received it, and secondly I need a record of the contribution for income tax documentation purposes. Can you help me?

If you scroll down the page (in the link in the post before yours), you will see an email address and phone number to the church department who should be able to answer your question (look for the paragraphs below the address to send checks to the church for donations).


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