The Council has actively supported extending and expanding the IRA Charitable Rollover since its inclusion in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA). As of December 18, 2015, the IRA Charitable Rollover was passed by Congress and signed into permanent law by the President.
Upon passage of the bill, Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill remarked:
The bill, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, allows taxpayers age 70 ½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income.
The IRA charitable rollover has proven to be very popular with taxpayers and beneficial to charities. Despite its broad appeal, the provision remains limited in several respects: it is limited to taxpayers age 70½ or older; the amount of gifts is capped at $100,000; and donors are specifically not permitted to make charitable rollovers to donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, and private foundations.
The Council strongly supports enhancing the IRA charitable rollover by dropping the age threshold and expanding the organizations eligible for transfer of the IRA distribution to donor advised funds, supporting organizations and private foundations. We continue to educate policymakers on the benefits of expanding the provision.