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Why Take Away America's Incentive to Give? | Commentary

Lawmakers’ increased attention on reigning in spending and getting our fiscal house in order is both laudable and necessary. However, during government contraction and tough economic times for families, we should be making it easier, not harder, for Americans to help their neighbors.

America has always rallied together when times are tough, whether in the face of economic difficulties, natural disasters or terrorism — and the U.S. government is a critical support for such efforts. Let’s not change that now by unraveling this vital tax incentive, which plays such an important role in supporting the crucial work of the nonprofit human services sector.

Susan N. Dreyfus is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families and Families International. She is the former secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

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