Are you looking for a straightforward way to support charities through your estate but also reduce the tax impact on your heirs? If so, look no further than your retirement accounts, such as an IRA, 401k or 403b. There is often a substantial tax benefit to leaving a gift to charity out of your IRA rather than through your will.
Why? Because in most cases withdrawals from traditional IRAs or other tax-deferred retirement account are subject to ordinary income-tax rates. That means that any of your heirs who would inherit those accounts would have to pay taxes on withdrawals.
However, these heirs would not pay income tax on most other assets that they would receive through your will or trust. For this reason, many people choose to support their favorite charities through their retirement accounts and to support their heirs through other non-retirement assets.
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