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10 Things You Need to Know About 2018 Qualified Charitable Distributions

By: Curt Stowers

Recently, Ed Slott published a great blog post about Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) called “10 Things You Need to Know About 2018 Qualified Charitable Distributions.” Slott publishes what I consider to be the premier resource on IRA related topics—I subscribe to his newsletter and consume everything he puts out for review!

QCD’s allow you to satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution vis-à-vis a contribution to a charity. While most reading this are likely NOT in the situation where they are taking RMD’s from their IRAs, this article does bring to the surface a few issues that you may not have considered:

  • The importance of effectively/efficiently placing assets in the various types of accounts (e.g. trust, 529, taxable, tIRA, Roth, etc.)
  • The importance of identifying how you will use your funds (e.g., to generate income in retirement, to acquire some asset, for charitable purposes, etc.)
  • The importance of building and implementing a financial plan
  • The importance of building and implementing an Investment Policy Strategy (IPS)

The QCD is something that happens YEARS down the road, but it can only be leveraged by effectively beginning the planning and investment process NOW.

As you approach the end of 2018, I would encourage you to review your financial plan with your advisor. If you need or want help, feel to reach out to F5 Financial at any time.

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