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Judy was a retired nurse and a volunteer for her favorite charity. During her working years Judy had never enjoyed a large salary. Fortunately, a portion of her income was regularly transferred to her retirement plan for almost 40 years. With good investments and tax-free growth, Judy's retirement plan had increased to over $435,000.
Judy is now age 78, owns her home and has more income then she needs. Each year she makes a gift of $1,000 to her favorite charity. Because she does not have home mortgage interest or enough other deductions to itemize, Judy takes the standard deduction. But she has heard about the IRA charitable rollover and wonders if that will be a good option. She asked her best friend, "Do you think that I should give the $1,000 from my IRA?"
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