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Pixy wrote --

All that you know for sure is someone (the estate itself or an heir) will ultimately pay the income tax on retirement plan assets, and that comes on top of any applicable estate taxes.

Are income taxes going to be deducted if the retirement plan funds are given to a charitable organization? It seems to me that if I make a donation while alive I get to deduct that amount from my income, hence it is not taxed. I was under the impression a similar situation existed after death.
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