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To Hell With Charity? (Part 2 of 2)

rfriedman Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 7:56 AM
Before one makes decisions about the charitable deduction, it would be very interesting to see real numbers on which income levels can even avail themselves of that deduction. I rather doubt that any family with an adjusted gross income of less than $50K gets any benefit. And that number might be more like $100K. The sad thing is that 'charity' has become 'Big Business', with CEO's having bloated salaries and perks. Few givers have even the faintest knowledge about how their donations are being used. I subscribe to the biblical edicts about charity, give, but give with anonymity. Give to the needy. The charitable deduction is not anonymous, the government has no 'need to know'. Far too many major 'charities' put the 'needy' at the bot
Marion69 Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 8:36 AM
You are so right, and environmental "non profits" are among the most profitable becasue they sue the federal government to protect a mouse, a dandelion or whatever to rake in even mroe pwoer and court awarded expenses for suing we the people.
Imagine it's Christmas Eve in your local church and the offering plate is passed to help a local orphanage build an addition because there's "no room in the inn." But just when you're about to give generously to the cause, you recall that politicians in Washington recently voted to reduce tax deductions for charitable giving.

Would you give as much under reduced charitable deductions?

Despite the fact that charitable deductions are the 10th-most popular tax break (nearly 40 million Americans claim them annually), those in Washington are willing to gamble that you're going to give as generously in the future without it. But...

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