Tax Break Proposed for Organ Donors

Published 06/25 2014 02:39PM

Updated 06/25 2014 02:41PM

HARRISBURG - People who donate an organ for transplant could get a tax break under a bill introduced today in the state senate. The proposed law would offer a personal income tax deduction up to $10,000 to living donors. It's meant 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  organ and bone marrow donation, but doesn't provide for expenses incurred by donors.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services there were 337 living organ donations made in Pennsylvania last year.

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