On November 1, the IRS announced cost of living adjustments for various retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans.  The changes are as follows:

  • For the first time since 2013, the IRA contribution limit will increase from $5,500 to $6,000 in 2019. Catch up contributions if you are age 50 or older remain unchanged at

The Internal Revenue Code currently provides a tax break for individuals age 70 ½ or over to make distributions of up to $100,000 from an IRA to a charity and exclude the distributions from taxable income.  This generally results in tax savings compared to either (1) the taxpayer making charitable gifts using other, after-tax assets,

One component of the 2010 Tax Act enacted on December 17th that did not receive widespread attention was the extension of the direct IRA charitable rollover rules for 2010 and 2011. This provision permits taxpayers 70 ½ and older to donate up to $100,000 directly from their IRAs to public charities without having to account