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Re-Thinking the Deduction for Charitable Contributions: Evaluating the Effects of Deficit-Reduction Proposals

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The need for deficit reduction has prompted several proposals for modifying the income tax deduction for charitable contributions. This paper combines aggregate tax return data with data on finances of individual nonprofit organizations and data on patterns of household giving to simulate the potential effects on nonprofit organizations of scaling back the charitable deduction. The paper also reviews the various rationales for providing a tax subsidy to charitable contributions.

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  • Cordes, Joseph J., 2011. "Re-Thinking the Deduction for Charitable Contributions: Evaluating the Effects of Deficit-Reduction Proposals," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 64(4), pages 1001-1024, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:64:y:2011:i:4:p:1001-24
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    1. Eiji Yamamura & Yoshiro Tsutsui & Fumio Ohtake, 2017. "Altruistic and selfish motivations of charitable giving:Case of the hometown tax donation system in Japan," ISER Discussion Paper 1003, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
    2. repec:bla:coecpo:v:35:y:2017:i:1:p:113-124 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Andrew A. Samwick, 2013. "Donating the Voucher: An Alternative Tax Treatment of Private School Enrollment," Tax Policy and the Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 27(1), pages 125-160.
    4. Steven T Yen & Ernest M Zampelli, 2017. "Charitable Contributions of Time and Money: A Multivariate Sample Selection Approach," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 43(1), pages 43-63, January.
    5. Wodon, Quentin & Alleyne, Betty & Cong, Lin & Mulusa, Judy & Niami, Farhad, 2014. "Accounting for Trends in Charitable Tax Deductions: Framework and Application to the District of Columbia," MPRA Paper 45392, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. repec:eee:pubeco:v:151:y:2017:i:c:p:41-55 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. James Alm & Daniel Teles, 2017. "State and Federal Tax Policy toward Nonprofit Organizations," Working Papers 1704, Tulane University, Department of Economics.
    8. Doerrenberg, Philipp & Peichl, Andreas & Siegloch, Sebastian, 2017. "The elasticity of taxable income in the presence of deduction possibilities," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 151(C), pages 41-55.

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