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I understand that a QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution)made by a taxpayer over 70.5 years of age directly from a traditional IRA to a 'proper' charity is considered by the IRS as part of a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and does not 'count' as income for IRS purposes. This certainly works for anyone who takes the Standard Deduction. Clearly there is a 'practical minimum contribution' as this involves extra paperwork with the IRA custodian and probably also complicates income tax filing.

Does the California FTB follow IRS rules if I make a significant QCD?

Has anyone evaluated the 'practical minimum contribution' needed to justify the 'bother' of making contributions directly from an IRA?

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