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The idea of charitable bunching may allow you to increase your tax savings by contributing multiple years of charitable deduction in one year.

The “super bunching” concept is aimed at tax years where you may have an unusual amount of taxable income that is not likely to reoccur in future years. In the event that this occurs, a charitably minded taxpayer would simply shift the timing of their deductible charitable expenses by bunching them together within the same tax year.

Using the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund, you can make multiple-year contributions into the fund, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then decide how and when your charitable gifts will be distributed over the course of many years. Those contributions can compound tax-free for years before being distributed to a specific charity. This can allow for more significant contributions in future years and leave a positive impact for your family to follow.

Use "Super Bunching" When Converting to a Roth IRA

Case Study

Mary, age 63, is retiring and has decided she will be active in a charitable organization she and her family are passionate about. She will donate her time and wealth to the group to make a more substantial impact during her retirement. She wants to donate $35,000 a year to this group.

Mary has done exceptionally well in her IRA and 401(K) accounts. In fact, her accountant is suggesting that Mary convert $500,000 of her rollover IRA to a Roth IRA. In his view, it would create a better tax situation when Required Minimum Distributions begin. He explained that she would leave a better-taxed asset to her child when they inherit the Roth IRA.

Her tax on the $500,000 Roth conversion will be 37% federal and a 7% state tax for a total of 44%. That would be a tax on the Roth conversion of $220,000.

Mary met with her financial advisor, and they decided on two strategies. They would use Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) when she turned 70 ½ for that portion not converted to a Roth IRA. Before she turned 70 1/2, they would use the concept of “super bunching” for the current tax year to offset the income tax of the Roth conversion.

Through “super bunching,” instead of donating $35,000 a year for the next seven years from her checking account until she turns 70 ½, where she would then use Qualified Charitable Distributions from her IRA, she would instead place $245,000 ($35,000 X 7= $245,000) in her Dunham Donor-Advised fund today. This would give her an immediate deduction and a tax savings of $107,800 - almost half of the taxes due!

For the next seven years, she will donate $35,000 from the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund to her charity while the amount remaining in the account compound tax-free, which can mean more contributions in future years. The concept of “super bunching” can be used anytime there is a year where you have a considerable amount of taxable income that is not likely to reoccur in future years.

This can be due to unexpected income, the sale of a business, real estate, or any asset that has been highly appreciated.

To learn more, speak to your financial advisor. They will explain what options might be ideal for you and your family’s individual situation.

Find out how the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund can help you leave a positive impact for your family to follow.

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