What does giving to charity mean to you? Perhaps you think of dropping your change into a can at a local shop or placing a few dollars into a Salvation Army kettle during the holidays. Maybe you've bought Girl Scout cookies or donated clothing to a local relief organization. Opportunities for giving surround us each day. The greatest benefit of charitable giving is the knowledge that you've helped make a difference in the lives of

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Wondering what to do with your annual IRA Required Minimum Distribution? If you can live without the income (and taxes) that a large Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) generates, think about taking a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution requirement. If you are a traditional IRA owner aged 70½ or older, you can gift up to $100,000 a year to a qualified charity this way.

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In addition to the altruistic and goodwill benefits any charitable contribution brings, it can also have significant tax advantages. When deciding your estate-planning strategies, consider a charitable contribution to help the charity of your choice as well as provide you with a steady stream of income and potential tax benefits. There are different options for setting up a charitable contribution through your estate plan. The easiest is a simple bequest through your will. Remember that

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