by The team of independent financial advisors at Stratos Wealth Partners

Wondering what to do with your annual IRA required minimum distribution?
If you can live without the income (and taxes) that a large minimum distribution (RMD) generates, think about taking a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your traditional individual retirement account (IRA) to satisfy your required minimum distribution requirement.

If you are a traditional IRA owner aged 70½ or older, you can gift up to $100,000 a year to a qualified charity this way. The donation must be a direct transfer of assets — it cannot pass through your hands.

What are the tax advantages of a QCD?
You can exclude the amount of the gift from your adjusted gross income for the year in which you make the donation. Depending on your situation, this may also help you avoid taxation of your Social Security benefits or the Medicare surtax. Since a QCD is not a deduction, even taxpayers who don’t itemize can benefit from one.1

Does the income from your annual IRA required minimum distribution risk putting you into a higher tax bracket? Imagine being able to lower your adjusted gross income by up to $100,000 a year while also helping a charity. By the way, that $100,000 annual QCD limit is an individual limit. A married couple can donate up to $200,000 in a year through QCDs while meeting some or all of their required minimum distribution requirements.

You may want to plan a QCD well before the Dec. 31 deadline.
Call or email us to explore this possibility now — it may provide you with a substantial federal tax break.

The team of independent financial advisors at Stratos Wealth Partners can be reached at:
Stratos Wealth Partners, 100 E. Sheldon St., Suite 105, Prescott, AZ 86301;; Michael Woods, 928-460-5508; Stephanie Sterling, 928-460-5526; Kevin Pitts, 928-460-5511; Rhonda Chavez Payne, 928-460-5509.