Bush Administration No Longer Supports Charitable Deduction to Taxpayers Who Do Not Itemize Deductions

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (March 17, 2005) reported that the Bush administration no longer supports legislation that would provide a charitable deduction to taxpayers who do not itemize deductions on their tax returns.  According to the Chronicle, the Bush administration had previously supported the deduction for people who do not itemize. 

Currently, about 70% of taxpayers do not itemize.  Many charities have lobbied Congress to allow such taxpayers to take a charitable gift deduction in hopes that such change would substantially increase charitable donations.