Use Your IRA to Support PETA and Receive Tax Benefits
Learn more about how a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) can benefit you.
How a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA Works
You are at least 70½ years old with IRA funds you no longer need
Make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA
*If you are 72 years old or older, your QCD can count towards your required minimum distribution (RMD)!
Your QCD goes directly to charity, supporting a cause you care about
Did you know?
You can also support our mission for years to come. Simply name PETA as a beneficiary of your IRA account, and the remaining assets (or a portion) of the account will be distributed to to stop cruelty to animals wherever it occurs for years to come.
PETA’s full legal name: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc.
PETA’s permanent mailing address: P.O. Box 42516, Washington, DC 20015
PETA’s federal tax identification number: #52-1218336
Discover the Benefits of a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)
Reduce Your Taxable Income
Fulfill your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)
Help stop animal suffering
Tax Law Disclaimer
- The SECURE Act raises the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) age. If you turn 70 ½ on or after January 1, 2020, you can now wait until you are age 72 before you must take an RMD from your IRA.
- You can still make a gift to PETA and other charities through a qualified charitable distribution starting at age 70 ½. However, if you make IRA contributions after age 70 ½, as allowed under the SECURE Act, the amount you have available for qualified charitable distributions is reduced. Please consult your tax or financial advisor to learn how this may impact you.
- The SECURE Act repeals the maximum age for making IRA contributions. You can now contribute to your IRA even if you are over age 70 ½ (subject to annual limitations).
- The SECURE Act decreases the time over which inherited IRAs may be distributed. Inherited IRAs must now be distributed completely within 10 years of the IRA owner's death, unless the IRA beneficiary is the surviving spouse; disabled or chronically ill; less than 10 years younger than the owner; or the owner's minor child. Under these rules, naming PETA as a beneficiary of your IRA while using other assets to benefit family members may be a tax-wise charitable planning decision.
"PETA is in the forefront of putting an end to cruelty to animals, which is why I chose to support PETA through a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from my IRA. The process is easy, and donating helps me meet my minimum distribution requirements. I also appreciate the tax benefits. The fight to end animal cruelty is far from over and to make sure that I help in the continuation of this fight I have also stipulated that part of my estate be distributed to PETA after I am gone. I am truly dedicated to the elimination of animal cruelty in the present as well as the future.”
— Al Smith, PETA Augustus Club and Vanguard Society member
Find Out if a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is Right For You
Take Your Next Steps
Get started by selecting your IRA custodian and filling out your information below. This information will be used to pre-fill your distribution form.
Once you have downloaded and completed the rest of your form, please mail the form to your IRA custodian. We recommend mailing this by December 1 to ensure you receive your tax deduction for this year.
The content found on this site is general in nature and intended to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as legal, tax, accounting or other professional advice. To determine how a gift or estate planning decision might affect your particular circumstances, it is expressly recommended that you consult an attorney, financial advisor or other qualified professional.