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house Bill H.R. 4566

Should Donations to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund Benefiting Victims of the Shooting be Tax-Deductible?

Argument in favor

In the aftermath of the May 31, 2019, shooting in Virginia Beach, many individuals and businesses stepped up to donate money to help with the costs of medical care and funeral expenses for the 12 dead and four wounded. These kind-hearted citizens and businesses deserve to see tax deductions for their generous donations. Moreover, making donations to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund tax-deductible may also spur further donations.

Kathi13's Opinion
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12/09/2019
If we can donate to the NRA, we should certainly be able to donate to victims and their families.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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12/10/2019
Can’t have it both ways. Either exemptions for religious organizations should be withdrawn or tax exemption for this group should be granted. Religious organizations are using the tax exemption to support their leaders in lavish lifestyles while I haven’t heard the same of this organization. I’ve always wanted to be a televangelist but I cannot keep the scam running long enough.
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Sharon's Opinion
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12/09/2019
You better believe the people getting the money has got to declare that as income. Why would the donation not be!!
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Argument opposed

The IRS rule against nonprofits being set up to benefit specific individuals is grounded in the agency’s need to guard against fraudulent nonprofits set up to enable tax-dodging. Instead of passing this one-time exemption to this IRS rule for the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund, it’d be better for Congress to take up and debate an exemption to this IRS rule for all funds set up for the benefit of groups of victims.

Steven's Opinion
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12/09/2019
Not unless all donations to individuals are tax deductible.
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Curt's Opinion
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12/09/2019
Screw Virginia the socialist demoncrat state.
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Ronald's Opinion
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12/09/2019
We need to cut down on dubious tax deductible entities. Funnel this rough Your church, or synagogue..
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