Tax Credit Sought For Living PA Organ Donors

HARRISBURG – Two state legislators are advocating the creation of a new state tax credit to offset costs incurred by living organ donors. Bucks County Sen. Chuck McIlhinney introduced Senate Bill 1448 which would offer a personal income tax deduction of up to $10,000 for living donors to defray costs for travel, lodging, medical, and lost wages resulting from organ donation. A state law enacted in 2006 reimburses businesses that allow a paid leave of absence for their employees for the specific purpose of organ and bone marrow donation, but current law does not provide for expenses incurred by donors. The legislation mirrors a proposal introduced by Bucks County Rep. John Galloway earlier this year following a family medical emergency which brought the need for the tax deduction to his attention. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there were 337 living organ donations made in Pennsylvania last year.

SEN. CHUCK MCILHINNEY

SEN. CHUCK MCILHINNEY

REP. JOHN GALLOWAY

REP. JOHN GALLOWAY

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