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Blog Entries - December 2014

Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 signed by President Obama on December 19, 2014 allows IRA owners who are at least 70½ years old to give up to $100,000 directly from an IRA to a charity without having to include the distribution in taxable income for the 2014 tax year. The provision is retroactive to January 1, 2014, and expires December 31, so decisions must be made quickly.

Donating IRA funds directly to qualified charities allows the IRA holder or beneficiary to avoid taking possession of the funds and the tax bill that comes with them. It also allows the extra income to be excluded from tax formulas for Medicare premiums or for the Pease limitation on itemized deductions.

In brief, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from an IRA can be made only by an IRA owner or beneficiary age 70½ or older, and can total up to $100,000. A spouse age 70½ with an IRA could give up to $100,000 as well. A QCD can be used to meet your required minimum distribution. The funds, which cannot come from active SEP or SIMPLE IRAs, must be sent directly to the qualified (IRS-approved) charitable organization.

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Ceremonial Grant Award Check Presented to UC Researchers

This year Brandon's Foundation awarded its first research grants. During the December 4th Happy Hour at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati, the researchers who submitted one of the two research proposals awarded the foundation's first grant awards were presented with a ceremonial award check. Receiving the ceremonial $15,000 check to investigate "A Comprehensive Study of Common Mutations in Sinonasal Cancer" were Scott Langevin, PhD, MHA and otolaryngologist Keith Casper, MD, from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine/UC Cancer Institute. Dr. Langevin said he and assistants planned to begin DNA extraction from sinonasal cancer tumors before the end of 2014. They will then move on to the task of looking for mutations in the extracted DNA.  

Unable to attend the ceremony was Stephen Y. Lai, MD, PhD, FACS of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, who submitted the research proposal "MiR-27a* Targets Critical Signaling Pathways in HNSCC (head and neck squamous cell carcinoma)." Dr. Lai was awarded a $10,000 grant by Brandon's Foundation. 

Details of the grant-winning research projects and the grant proposal process used by Brandon's Foundation were included in a previous blog post. Hearing from researcher after researcher who submitted a proposal about the lack of funding for head and neck cancer research was the most profound aspects of the the grant award process. Questions and comments are welcome as the Board of Directors moves forward, revises the process and awards more grant funding for head and neck cancers in 2015. 

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Holiday Jewelry Shopping Helps Brandon's Founation

Posted on: December 1, 2014 12:00 am
Tags: Brandon's foundation, Schwartz jewelers, Holiday shopping, Head and neck cancer

Seeking the perfect holiday gift? Thinking of popping the question within the next few months? During December 2014 - Now through New Year's Eve - Schwartz Jewelers will donate 25% of the profits from any purchase made in the name of Brandon's Foundation! It is also possible to order online or by phone - 513-541-5627.

Schwartz Jewelers is located at 6114 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224 in the College Hill neighborhood. Just ask for Dave or Sandy and mention the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation. They will do the rest!

Please help Brandon's Foundation raise funds for research to fight head and neck cancer while you're crossing items off your shopping list! 

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