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Thursday, July 11, 2019

New data shows that Americans itemized $54 billion less in charitable donations this year, after the enactment of the Republican tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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How much did you give?

... and show the receipts. Phony.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-11 07:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tax cuts for the rich have to hurt charities. The people who passed those tax cuts are not red blooded human beings. More like ghouls. A F you Sheeple, you are such a creep.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-07-11 08:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wtf is up with #1? Sickness in the brain.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-11 08:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Wait, you mean people only give if it benefits themselves? Shocking!

Well, I'm betting most of those who gave less were righties. Altruism is not in their nature.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-11 08:31 AM | Reply

If Trump screws something up, it must be for the greater good. Because, you know, Trump could never just be a screw-up.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-11 08:32 AM | Reply

"While this doesn't reflect total charitable giving, it does confirm that less Americans are getting a tax benefit for gifts to charity."

The horror, the horror.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-11 08:49 AM | Reply

Wait. GOPers argued that tax cuts would lead to job creation and a rocketing economy. If those tax cuts actually did as described, there would be no need for more charitable giving, since more people would have jobs and a generally higher standard of living. Hunger, poverty, homelessness, bad schools and roads, gaps in healthcare, etc., would ALL be cured by the tax cuts given to corporations and the 1%. So suggested the GOP.

I get it now. Rich folks and corporations (and those like you and me who didn't see tangible benefit from the tax cuts) have curtailed giving because they all know that the effect of the Trump cuts will kick in...any time now...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2019-07-11 09:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If you give $20 to charity and write it off on your taxes, who actually paid the charity?

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-11 10:35 AM | Reply

It says "itemized deductions" are down. Which was expected when the standard deduction was increased to the point where itemizing was no longer necessary.

Now, I'm sure charitable giving is down somewhat due to the increase in standard deductions but I don't know really....

Someone page Danforth to explain this better.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2019-07-11 10:56 AM | Reply

Taxes or not, I stopped giving to professional charities a long time ago. The bulk of it goes to administrative costs. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc, are businesses made to look like charities. Even the ASPCA and PETA are straight up businesses with commercials deceptively playing the heart strings so we can donate. Don't get me started on the churches.

#10 | Posted by Goose_Boils at 2019-07-11 11:24 AM | Reply

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If you give $20 to charity and write it off on your taxes, who actually paid the charity?

#8 | Posted by boaz

My God man this is REALLY simple. YOU DID. A deduction is not a direct dollar for dollar reduction in your taxes. Deductions reduce your taxable income. So if you at the top tier your taxes are 15% and you reduce that by $20 you gave the charity $20 and in return the US Government said you don't have to pay us the $3 in taxes.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-07-11 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So you give the rich MORE money, and they become MORE greedy and selfish.

Maybe we just need to give them even more, that's clearly the lesson here, right repubs you gullible morons?

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-11 11:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#10 | Posted by Goose_Boils

I am not going to debate all charities are good - you are correct they are not all equal and many are NOT good. Charities large or small are suspect. Like it or not overhead is a part of any company (charities are companies) and the lower you can keep the overhead the better. Money is also spent on fundraising by large charities and frankly I think most of the money they spend is wasted because they don't attract top talent IMHO.

Consumer Reports does some work for you but it is far from complete: Consumer Reports - Best and Worst Charities

There is also Charity Navigator who reviews many charities and reports on transparency and finances. For Example - the ASPCA is only a 3 star charity on their site and it is mainly because the Financial score is IMHO rather poor.

I also use Charity Watch to help determine which large organizations are best but most of the charities are behind a pay wall now and they want $50 to use the site. Theirs is the best ratings and information but $50 is pretty steep.

I support many small local Charities as well - places where I know both the people and that the money is virtually all going to the charity and it is staffed by volunteers only.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-07-11 11:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

www.fastcompany.com

It's not just deductions that are down.

Without the incentive to donate, less people are doing so.

It's not surprising and is a primary reason why sociopathic righties that claim charity should cover all social programs are detached from reality.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-11 01:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#7 if you look at my link in #14 you see it's actually the middle and lower class givers that are stopping or giving less.

Overall donations amounts have risen slightly largely on increased donations by the wealthy that do donate.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-11 01:12 PM | Reply

It's not surprising and is a primary reason why sociopathic righties that claim charity should cover all social programs are detached from reality.

POSTED BY JPW AT 2019-07-11 01:00 PM | REPLY

So much for Jeff's conservatives give more to charity than liberals do meme.

#16 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-07-11 01:18 PM | Reply

This is going to make it more difficult for the orange schittstain and his vile crotchfruit to steal from cancer charities.

#17 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2019-07-11 01:21 PM | Reply

How much did you give?

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism

My wife and I donated to charities (and took a deduction for) nearly 13% of our total income for the 2018 tax year. These monies went mostly to our church, my alma mater, several museums and other non-profit/charitable organizations which we've supported over the years. And for the record, the recent changes in the tax laws had no impact whatsoever on our level of giving. Also for the record, we were in the 22% tax bracket.

OCU

#18 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-07-11 01:26 PM | Reply

How much did you give?
... and show the receipts. Phony.

#1 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2019-07-11 07:20 AM | REPLY |

I give freely. You don't need a receipt unless you think the government owes you in return.

I also fundraise for a local charity that helps special needs adults whose families had all kinds of support until their 18th birthday when they are suddenly ineligible for all the programs for special needs kids. 85-90% of our donations are anonymous. about 10-15% are from large donors who make demands that often cost us at least part of their donation. At least part of their donation is funded by tax breaks which means they took the money out of the pockets of the rest of us to donate.

#19 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-07-11 01:46 PM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY OCUSER
#19 | POSTED BY HATTER5183

I wasn't asking either of you. I was asking our resident registered sex fetishist, the faux outraged Reinsgas.

Note:

"This is going to make it more difficult for the orange schittstain and his vile crotchfruit to steal from cancer charities."
#17 | POSTED BY REINHEITSGEBOT

You think this sicko gives to charity? Anyone? sheesh.

#20 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-11 04:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Swallowstrumpjism's idea of charity is spending 90 hours a week being a dotard -------.

#21 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2019-07-11 04:59 PM | Reply

"Maybe we just need to give them even more..."

Are you giving them money?

If so, you're free to stop.

I think what you really mean is stop letting them keep money that someone else gave them, no?

#22 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-07-12 07:16 AM | Reply

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