great news for donors who have to take a mandatory IRA distribution
On December 18, 2015, Congress voted to make the IRA Charitable Rollover benefit permanent. This legislation includes a provision allowing direct gifts from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to the charity.
If you are required to take a minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA, you have the option to make that distribution (up to $100,000) tax free by directing it to ARCS Foundation Oregon. You must:
You must be 70-1/2 years of age.
Maximum amount eligible for this transfer is $100,000 per taxpayer per taxable year.
The distribution must be paid directly to ARCS Foundation Oregon. This means that you must never receive the funds.
The Chapter will provide you with written verification of the contribution, which must state that you did not receive anything of value in return for your contribution.
A qualified charitable distribution can be counted as all or a portion of your required minimum IRA distribution.
Have your RMD made payable directly to ARCS Foundation Oregon and mail to ARCS Foundation Oregon, PO Box 2063, Portland, OR 97208-2063
Designate it as a qualified charitable distribution on your tax return
You will have satisfied your distribution requirement, and you won't have to pay income taxes on that money. Be aware that you can't also claim the qualified distribution as a charitable tax deduction—the amount is simply excluded from your taxable income.
You should consider consulting with a financial or tax advisor to determine how best to achieve your wealth and charitable planning objectives.
Consider making an IRA Charitable Rollover gift to ARCS Foundation Oregon to support an ARCS Scholar.
Elizabeth Holzenthal Receives Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to OSU College of Engineering, ARCS scholar Elizabeth Holzenthal, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, coastal and ocean engineering. Elizabeth was recently named a recipient of an NSF Graduate Fellowship, (GRFP). Elizabeth, a first year scholar, is working on a project aimed at contributing to the development of a new generation of natural hazard engineering. Her donors are Diane and Dick Alexander.
Kevin Watanabe-Smith Wins Statewide 3MT Competition
ARCS Scholar Kevin Watanabe-Smith, who studies cancer biology in Dr. Brian Druker's lab, took first place at the state's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Kevin was sponsored by the Allan Price Memorial ARCS Award.
ARCS Scholar Danielle Robinson Awarded 2016 Mozilla Fellowship for Science
Danielle Robinson, Ph.D. candidate in the OHSU School of Medicine Neuroscience Graduate Program, is one of four fellows selected worldwide to receive the Mozilla Fellowship for Science.
Her donors are Ellen and Mark Richardson.