Lantern Theater Company
Tartuffe (2023)
IRA Charitable Giving

The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70 1/2 to donate up to $100,000 per year to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), without treating the distribution as taxable income.

These transfers to charities are known as qualified charitable distributions or QCDs. Individuals over the age of 72 may count their QCDs as part of their required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year. For a married couple, if both spouses are age 70 1/2 or over and both have IRAs, each spouse may donate up to $100,000 for a total of up to $200,000 per year, without treating their QCDs as taxable income.

How you can use the IRA Charitable Rollover provision to support the Lantern?

Simply contact your IRA trustee (typically a bank or brokerage firm) to complete the required forms. Your trustee will need only the name and address of the nonprofit organization, which must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Lantern Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; our federal tax ID number is 23-2798692.

To give to the Lantern, here is the information you will need to provide to your IRA trustee:

Lantern Theater Company
PO Box 53428
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Background and Public Policy Purpose
The IRA Rollover was first enacted in 2006 as part of the Pension Protection Act. Since December 2015 the IRA charitable rollover provision has been made permanent by an Act of Congress.

The provision allows individuals aged 70 1/2 and older to donate up to $100,000 annually from their IRAs to public charities without having to count the distributions as taxable income. Individuals may begin taking distributions from their IRAs as early as age 59 1/2, but are required to begin taking them at age 70 1/2. Normally, IRA distributions are subject to income taxes. Now, under the charitable rollover provision, up to $100,000 of distributions made directly to charities may count towards your required minimum distribution (RMD); this is a unique and valuable characteristic of the provision. Your gift must be mailed by December 31 to count for the current tax year.

Since the provision was first enacted, Americans have donated millions of dollars of new contributions to nonprofits like the Lantern to pursue their missions for the public good.

The provision mandates the following:

  • Eligibility Age: Taxpayers age 70 1/2 and older are required to make annual distributions from their IRAs which are then included in the taxpayers' adjusted gross income (AGI) and subject to taxes. The IRA Charitable Rollover permits those taxpayers to make donations directly to charitable organizations from their IRAs without counting them as part of their AGI and, consequently, without paying taxes on them.

  • Annual Cap: A donor's total combined charitable IRA rollover contributions cannot exceed $100,000 in any one year.

  • Eligible Charities: Charitable contributions from an IRA must go directly to a public charity that is not a supporting organization. Contributions to donor-advised funds and private foundations, except in narrow circumstances, do not qualify for tax-free IRA rollover contributions.

  • Eligible Retirement Accounts: Distributions can only be made from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs. Charitable donations from 403(b) plans, 401(k) plans, pension plans, and other retirement plans are ineligible for the tax-free treatment.

  • Directly to the Charity: Distributions must be made directly from the IRA trustee payable to the public charity.

  • No Gifts in Return: Donors may not receive any goods or services in return for charitable IRA rollover contributions in order to qualify for tax-free treatment.

  • Written Receipt: In order to benefit from the tax-free treatment, donors must obtain written substantiation of each IRA rollover contribution from each recipient charity.

Every dollar makes a big difference.

Questions? Please contact our Development Team at Thank you for supporting the Lantern!

GuideStar/Candid Gold Seal of Transparency Lantern Theater Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 23-2798692. Donations to Lantern Theater Company are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of Lantern Theater Company may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Pictured: Campbell O'Hare and Jered McLenigan in Tartuffe (2023). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

Lantern Theater Company acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape, and we pay respect to them as this region's original storytellers.

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