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Evaluating the Charitable Deduction and Proposed Reforms

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Document date: June 07, 2012
Released online: June 13, 2012
Many recent proposals for budget and tax reform would change the value of the charitable contribution deduction. This report provides context for policymakers who may be considering one or more of these reforms, as well as for other interested observers. We first offer a basic overview of charitable giving and the legal rules for claiming the deduction. Next we discuss the various rationales that have been offered in its support and highlight critiques of the deduction. We then examine various proposed reforms, including caps, floors, credits, and grants, in light of those critiques.


Topics/Tags: | Economy/Taxes | Nonprofits


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