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A Tax-Saving Way to Help Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Make a difference today and save on taxes. It’s possible when you support Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through your IRA.

A Special Opportunity for Those 70½ Years Old and Older

You can give any amount (up to a maximum of $100,000) per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park without having to pay income taxes on the money. Gifts of any value $100,000 or less are eligible for this benefit and you can feel good knowing that you are making a difference at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover, but you may also see it referred to as a qualified charitable distribution, or QCD for short.

Why Consider This Gift?

  • Your gift will be put to use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making.
  • Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD).
  • You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.
  • Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m turning age 70½ in a few months. Can I make this gift now? +

No. The legislation requires you to reach age 70½ by the date you make the gift.

I have several retirement accounts—some are pensions and some are IRAs. Does it matter which retirement account I use? +

Yes. Direct gifts to a qualified charity can be made only from an IRA. Under certain circumstances, however, you may be able to roll assets from a pension, profit sharing, 401(k) or 403(b) plan into an IRA and then make the transfer from the IRA directly to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. To determine if a rollover to an IRA is available for your plan, speak with your plan administrator.

Can my gift be used as my required minimum distribution? +

Yes, absolutely. Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your RMD.

Do I need to give my entire IRA to be eligible for the tax benefits? +

No. You can give any amount under this provision, as long as it is no more than $100,000 per year. If your IRA is valued at more than $100,000, you can transfer a portion of it to fund a charitable gift.

When do I need to make my gift? +

We must receive your gift by Dec. 31 for your donation to qualify this year. If you have check-writing features on your IRA, please be aware that your check must clear your account by Dec. 31 to count toward your required minimum distribution for the calendar year.

I have two charities I want to support. Can I give $100,000 from my IRA to each? +

No. Under the law, you can give a maximum of $100,000 per year. For example, you can give each organization $50,000 this year or any other combination that totals $100,000 or less. Any amount of more than $100,000 in one year must be reported as taxable income.

My spouse and I would like to give more than $100,000. How can we do that? +

If you have a spouse (as defined by the IRS) who is 70½ or older, they can also give any amount up to $100,000 from their IRA.

Can I use the transfer to fund life-income gifts like charitable remainder trusts or charitable gift annuities? +

Unfortunately, the law does not permit using a qualified charitable distribution to establish a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust. However, you can designate some or all of your retirement plan assets to fund a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust after your lifetime. A charitable trust or gift annuity provides lifetime income to your family or other loved ones. When the gift arrangement ends, the balance will support Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

I’ve already named Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as the beneficiary of my IRA. What are the benefits if I make a gift now instead of after my lifetime? +

By making a gift this year of any amount up to $100,000 from your IRA, you can see your philanthropic dollars at work. You are jump-starting the legacy you would like to leave and giving yourself the joy of watching your philanthropy take shape. Moreover, you can fulfill any outstanding pledge you may have made by transferring that amount from your IRA as long as it is $100,000 or less for the year.

For Those 59½ Years Old or Older

If you’re at least 59½ years old, you can take a distribution and then make a gift from your IRA without penalty. If you itemize your deductions, you can take a charitable deduction for the amount of your gift.

At Any Age

No matter your age, you can designate Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your IRA and it will pass to us tax-free after your lifetime. It’s simple, just requiring that you contact your IRA administrator for a change-of-beneficiary form or download a form from your provider’s website.

Tip: It’s critical to let us know of your gift because many popular retirement plan administrators assume no obligation to notify a charity of your designation. The administrator also will not monitor whether your gift designations are followed. We would love to talk to you about your intentions to ensure that they are followed. We would also like to thank you for your generosity.

Next Steps

  1. Use our tool Take Action! Give From Your IRA to connect to your retirement provider.
  2. Contact Lynn Smith, CFRE, at 513-977-2067 or lynn.smith@cincyplay.com to discuss using your IRA to support Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and our mission.
  3. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  4. To include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID. Please let us know of your gift (many retirement providers assume no responsibility for letting nonprofits know of your intentions so your goals won’t be honored).

Legal name: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Legal address: 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati OH 45202
Federal tax ID number: 31-0624790

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati OH 45202, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where you agree to make a gift to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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A gift of cash is one of the most popular ways to support Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. You may gift a specified sum of money or a percentage of your estate.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

You may be able to use non-income-producing property such as stamp and coin collections or works of art in exchange for a federal income tax charitable deduction.

You may be able to use non-income-producing property such as stamp and coin collections or works of art in exchange for a federal income tax charitable deduction.

One of the most common assets used to fund a trust or gift annuity is closely held stock in a family business that has the potential to grow over the years. If you want to remain in control of your closely held stock during your lifetime, consider a gift in your will or living trust.

The full value of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other qualified plans is subject to federal and state estate taxes at your death and the distributions from these accounts are subject to federal and applicable state income taxes. Instead, consider naming a charity as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your plan.

By naming Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your life insurance policy, you support our work while retaining the ability to change your gift if your plans change.

A portion of the distributions from commercial annuities is subject to income tax for non-charitable beneficiaries. Naming Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your commercial annuity will allow us to receive the assets you designate to us completely tax-free.

You can name Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as beneficiary of your bank accounts, CDs and brokerage accounts by designating your account as Payable on Death (POD) or Transfer on Death (TOD) to us.