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Living organ donations promoted by proposed tax break

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[MARCH 2, 2004]  FORSYTH --  State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, introduced a bill Monday that would allow individuals who donate one or more organs to another human being to claim a $10,000 tax deduction for their expenses.

“This bill is about saving lives. More people might be willing to donate a live organ if they could receive up to a $10,000 income tax deduction to cover their cost for travel, lodging and lost wages,” said Mitchell.

House Bill 6806 would allow a one-time deduction by a taxpayer who donates a live organ to another human being for human organ transplantation. The deduction would help offset their expenses. The bill defines “human organ” as all or part of a liver, pancreas, kidney, intestine, lung or bone marrow.

“Over 4,088 men, women and children in Illinois were waiting for an organ transplant as of Jan. 1, 2000, and every day an average of 11 people die in the United States waiting for an organ transplant,” said Mitchell. “These numbers could be reduced. I believe more people would be motivated to donate a healthy live organ if their expenses were covered, and that is why I am sponsoring this legislation.”

The bill has been assigned to the House Revenue Committee and could be debated as early as this week.

[News release from Rep. Bill Mitchell]

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