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Hi JimA

Yes, and for a couple both 65 and older, this will be a total $26,600 standard deduction.

This creates an interesting situation for many age 70.5 and older, and Required Minimum Distributions. If their itemized deductions do not reach $26,600, and I suspect most will not, they will not be able to individually deduct charitable contributions directly, but can do so indirectly by making the contribution through a Qualified Charitable Distribution from their Traditional IRA. That is, directing the IRA to make a direct distribution to the charity of choice which will mean it is not included in the household's ordinary income for the year.

BruceM
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