A tax-effective way to donate to charity

In January the tax reform made a dramatic increase to the standard deduction, while also limiting some of the things you can itemize. So for those over age 70 ½ may feel the impact of their required minimum distributions (RMDs) a little more this year. If you are taking RMDs but don’t really want or need the money, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) may be good way to distribute the minimum required amount out of the IRA, avoid the penalty, and satisfy your charitable intents.