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Lending a Hand: How Federal Tax Policy Could Help Get More Cash to More Charities


  • A. Abigail Payne



Although total giving to charities in Canada has increased in the last two decades, the share of tax filers reporting cash donations has fallen, and the sector’s reliance on large donations by wealthy donors has risen. To broaden the donation base, the author suggests creating a single tax-credit rate for cash donations or an RRSP-like charitable gift plan.

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  • A. Abigail Payne, 2009. "Lending a Hand: How Federal Tax Policy Could Help Get More Cash to More Charities," e-briefs 88, C.D. Howe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:88

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    charities papers; federal tax policy; Canadian charities;

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    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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