A little-known tax-free transfer allows persons 70 ½ and older to give up to $100,000 from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charity each year. The distribution counts toward your minimum required distribution for the year and it is excluded from your adjusted gross income. Donating to a 501(C)(3) Charity allows you to reduce your taxable income and may reduce the amount you pay for Medicare by reducing your adjusted gross income.
With the addition of “new eligible conditions” last week by the CDC and Massachusetts Public Health, we are asking all of you to consider if you or your family member qualifies for earlier vaccine based on the category “Dementia or other neurological condition.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 4,000 hate crimes have been committed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) living in the United States. As is the case with so many other intersectional identities, individuals with disabilities who are also members of the AAPI community have also been disproportionately affected by these acts of hate.
The Arc of Massachusetts has been advocating for the Commonwealth to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities when necessary to ensure equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine. We’re thrilled to report that the Commonwealth and local Boards of Health have developed a statewide program to offer in-home vaccinations for homebound individuals who cannot leave their home to get to a vaccination site.