It's said to give is better than to receive, and some who receive tax breaks by donating to charities certainly seem to agree. Roughly 40 million Americans join in on this trend around the holidays, donating nearly 150 billion dollars worth of contributions. But do area taxpayers regularly take part in this benefit?
Derek Leonard's not looking for a tax break today, though he says that sounds like a good incentive to encourage others to donate to the Salvation Army.
"I think it'll get people to give more," says Derek. "If they don't have an ideal way of getting them in, maybe this will give them a reason to do it."
Salvation Army employees say, the incentive's been working with a surge of donated clothes, electronics, and just about anything else, coming in just before the end of the tax season.
"When a donation is made to the Salvation Army, we always give a receipt, rather it be monetary, clothing, housewares, whatever the donation may be," says Salvation Army accountant Kathy Walker. "And they can use the reciept when preparing their taxes for the 2007 tax season."
Kathy says the final week of the year is traditionally the busiest for the Salvation Army, something that's also true, here at Goodwill.
"With Bowling Green alone, operating on three centers, we average five hundred plus donations, definately our last week is our busiest week," says Goodwill Center Manager Joshua Jones.
"Very easy process, we go through, we give them a tax receipt, and the person takes that and uses it for their taxes," says Goodwill Center Manager Mary Holder.
It's that simplicity in acquiring tax breaks that makes Goodwill and Salvation Army officials hope the donations keep rolling in. And they're reminding residents just how many parties are being helped in the process.
"It helps the donor as well as the Salvation Army help the clients that we serve," says Walker.
"It helps with them, being able to get rid of their stuff... it helps us to provide more jobs," adds Jones.
Deductions for a donation of an item is usually the item's fair market value.