Charitable donation tax credit bill gets traction

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan taxpayers who donate to area food banks or community shelters could receive tax relief under legislation supported by Sen. John Proos and recently approved by the state Senate.

“It is wonderful to see the people of Southwest Michigan embrace the Christmas spirit of giving and compassion for our neighbors in times of need,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Our local food banks and homeless shelters make a big difference in ensuring that no family goes hungry and everyone has a warm place to sleep.

“Unfortunately, the demand for these invaluable services doesn’t end with the holidays or the winter. Community organizations provide food and support to struggling families throughout the year.”

Senate Bill 405 would restore a limited state income tax credit for donating cash and food to food banks and community foundations.

Under the bill, next year taxpayers would be able to claim an income tax credit for up to 50 percent of the amount of charitable contributions they make to a shelter for homeless people, a food kitchen, a zoo or museum, a food bank, or any other entity in Michigan whose purpose is to provide overnight accommodation, food or meals to people in need.

The proposed income tax credit would be limited to $100 for individuals and $200 for joint tax filers. An additional credit with the same limits could be received for total contributions to a community foundation.

“The goal of this is to help encourage more residents to support the work of local charitable organizations throughout the year by offering them a modest break on their state income taxes,” Proos said.


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