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American Red Cross Statement on Charitable Tax Deduction

The American Red Cross understands the need to deal with our nation’s deficit and the fiscal cliff. But with so many Americans relying on the charitable sector, especially during these tough economic times, we are very concerned about proposals that could jeopardize the charitable gifts that are so important to non-profits and the people we serve.

The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and our work every day across the country depends on the contributions and gifts from our donors.

Any tax law changes that would cap or limit the charitable deduction would hurt these efforts by altering an important incentive for individuals and households who give the most to charitable organizations.

The Red Cross takes no position on the various proposals to address the fiscal cliff. But whatever Congress and the President decide to do, we urge them to please preserve the current charitable tax deduction.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.