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The tax-free distribution from individual retirement plans (IRSs) for charitable purposes expired at the end of 2014 and haven't been extended yet. It was introduced to the congress/house in April 2015 for a renewal but no updates since then.
Unfortunately, there's no other options to transfer her IRA tax free. To reduce tax burden a little, she could split the distributions between two years instead of making one large in one year. Another option would be donation of appreciated stock or other asset instead. She could avoid capital gains and still be able to take charitable deduction.
Not in IRA. Distributions from IRA are taxed as retirement income, not as capital gains. Anything appreciated in value with after tax basis would qualify: real property, stocks, bonds, gold, art....
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