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Charity and Tax Deductions

Rabbi Chaim Tabasky15 Tishrei 5765
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Question
Most of my charitable contributions are also tax deductible. This has always bothered me a bit. It seems selfish for me to take a tax deduction for charitable contributions. It seems self-serving. Is it acceptable to take the tax deduction or should I forgo it?
Answer
Goverments give tax deductions for charitable contributions, because the legislators want to encourage these donations. Instead of forgoing the deduction, I suggest you increase the amount of charity you give to compensate for your tax windfall.
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