2024 Gift Planning News

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Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions and Possible Changes Ahead

For 2024, the gift and estate tax exemptions have increased to $13,610,000, compared to $12,920,000 in 2023. For married couples, the amount is $27,220,000.

On January 1, 2026, according to a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the exemption amount is set to automatically revert back to the 2017 amount ($5,490,000) with inflation adjustments for the intervening years (estimated to be about $6.5 million) unless tax law changes are enacted in the coming two years.

QCDs Get Inflation Boost in 2024

Qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) of up to $100,000 annually from IRAs have been available for donors since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. With a QCD, eligible donors age 70½ or older have been able to avoid income tax they would have otherwise paid on required minimum distributions.

Beginning in 2023, donors could make a one-time election to fund a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust with up to $50,000 from an IRA. Payments can be made only to the donor and/or spouse.

As part of the Secure 2.0 Act of 2022, both the QCD limit and the amount eligible for gift annuities and remainder trusts are adjusted for inflation. For 2024, the QCD maximum is $105,000, and the amount eligible for gift annuities and remainder trusts is $53,000.

Gift Annuity Rates Increase—Highest Payment Rates in 16 Years

The American Council on Gift Annuities issued new recommended payout rates, effective January 1, 2024. The higher rates range generally from 5.7% (age 65) to 10.1% (90+) for one-life annuities.

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