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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Percentage of Tax Returns Claiming Charitable Deductions


The Motley Fool: The 6 Most Generous States in America:

  1. Maryland (40.1% of tax returns; $2,969 median contribution)
  2. New Jersey (36.0%; $2,181)
  3. Connecticut (35.9%; $1,916)
  4. Utah (33.1%; $5,255)
  5. Minnesota (32.7%; $2,213)
  6. Virginia (32.5%; $2,790)

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If, as it seems, this isn't restricted to taxpayers who itemize, this probably just shows how many households itemize.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Jun 2, 2013 6:31:06 AM

This does not take into account the generosity of taxpayers who do not itemize. I live in a state where many people give generously, without the benefit of the deduction. This chart focuses only on wealthy donors.

Posted by: Richard Gershon | Jun 2, 2013 7:42:30 AM

It also only looks at the raw percentage who donate (and itemize), rather than the magnitude of those donations, and the size relative to their overall income.

Flawed on many levels

Posted by: Todd | Jun 2, 2013 10:23:03 AM