Do you plan on donating on Octet mom'...

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Sat, 02-14-2009 - 1:25pm

Do you plan on donating on Octet mom's website?



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  • Maybe in the future


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Registered: 02-06-2009
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 10:14pm

I am not going to get into a debate about taxes and giving money away as I do have better things to do with my time-like volunteering to help the homeless in the morning so I have to get to bed :) BUT...I will say that I give because I am human and want to help others who are less fortunate than myself. I don't do it to "itemize" on my taxes or to have a "write-off" at the end of the year. There is MORE to my helping others than that and would NEVER think to "itemize" a dollar here or there or some food or clothes item I would give to someone who looks like they need it.


I do it from my heart and soul and find it really horrible that people would consider doing so to save money on their taxes :(


Have a good night :)

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Registered: 02-07-2009
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 10:18pm
Since no one else has posted the they only give to charity for a tax write off you are in the same boat as the rest of us.


Edited 2/20/2009 10:33 pm ET by semi-emptynester
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 10:39pm
That seems to be what this is about. She seems to think that the only reason why a person might strongly prefer to donate to a homeless shelter instead of giving money directly to a homeless person is because the donation to the shelter is tax deductible. But as you have pointed out, giving the money directly to the homeless person is ALSO tax deductible. It's not about tax deductions. It's about ensuring that the same amount of money does a greater amount of good. A $5 bill might feed one person on a corner, but feed five people in a shelter. (It also might buy cigarettes for the person on the corner, but feed five people in a shelter).
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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2008
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 10:41pm

Do you tithe a certain percentage of your income regardless of tax implication?

Get back to me when "your heart and soul" can be quantified. I won't wait for the result.

I itemize, I volunteer, I tithe, I give. I work within the tax structure dictated by the IRS. I prefer my dollars going to the charities I choose rather than the government, e.g. war, waste et al. I'm pretty sure I can help others by my targeted contributions, with tax benefit, than my government can direct my taxes.

I find it really horrible that people aren't aware how every dollar is spent with transparency by the government.

BTW - I'm as lefty liberal as you come, and I still don't trust government to take care of spending my tax dollars.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2008
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 10:44pm

Well said.

Exactly, and much simpler than I've tried to say.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 11:16pm

Yes you can.....


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 11:17pm

Why yes they can.....


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 11:19pm

It's pretty standard knowledge....

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 11:20pm

You can also write off miles drive for charity.....it's pretty standard accounting knowledge actually.


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 11:22pm

Yes, I agree....but it's amazing the number of people who aren't familiar with basic tax laws or how basic things work with irs regulations.


PumpkinAngel

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