IRA Tax-Free Gift

How to Make a Tax-Free Distribution from Your Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

Congress extended the IRA charitable rollover provisions for 2016 and beyond. For those who are 70½ or older, any amount up to $100,000 can be distributed tax-free from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to the EV or your other favorite charities. This amount can count toward your required minimum distribution for the year in which the distribution is made. Although these distributions are not deductible as charitable contributions on your income tax return, they impact your taxes because they are not treated as taxable income to you.

Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 70½ or older at the time of distribution.
  • You may distribute any amount up to $100,000 in a calendar year to charity, as long it is completed by December 31 of the year in which you intend to make the charitable distribution.
  • Your IRA administrator must make the distribution directly to the charity, or you may write a check payable to the charity from your IRA checkbook.
Certain restrictions and requirements* must be followed when making this type of gift. If you have questions, please call the EV at (650) 493-8000 or email Before proceeding, you should also consult with your tax advisor to discuss your particular situation including any impact of your state’s tax laws.
* For example, the following transfers will not qualify: distributions to private foundations, to donor advised funds, for life income gifts (e.g., charitable remainder trusts), and for any purpose that entitles you to receive a benefit, such as preferred seating at athletic events or tickets to a dinner.

Gifts may be sent to:

Environmental Volunteers
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Environmental Volunteer’s federal tax identification number is 94-2550385