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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 23, 2021 01:01 PM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Tax Incentive for Charitable Donations
Federal law provides tax deductions for contributions made to a charitable organization. This provision not only provides some financial relief for Americans but is also a great incentive for more people to donate to charities. Supporters for charitable donations note that donating to charities effectively helps those in need, can improve donors’ wellbeing, and helps to make the world a better place for all.
Many states offer their own tax deductions for charitable donations in addition to what federal law allows. However, Pennsylvania is not one of these states. In fact, the only tax deductions provided in Pennsylvania are for contributions made to Medical and Health Savings Accounts, Tuition Programs, and ABLE Savings Account Programs qualified under the Internal Revenue Code.
To show support for and incentivize donations to charitable organizations, my legislation would allow the amount Pennsylvanians contribute to charitable organizations to be deducted from the taxable income of the donor. This is similar to a law already in practice in New York, which allows residents to receive tax deductions whenever they donate to a charity. By enacting such legislation, we would be aligning Pennsylvania with the many states that offer the same tax incentives for donating.
Please consider co-sponsoring this legislation to encourage more Pennsylvanians to donate to charities and in turn aid their fellow Americans through their donations.

Introduced as HB2101