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Local United Way head talks to Congress about charitable deductions

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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 7:58 pm, Wed Feb 20, 2013.

Karen Rathke, president of the Heartland United Way, asked Congress last week to keep charity contributions as tax deductible in the federal tax code and not to limit the charitable deduction for taxpayers.

"If you look at cutting programs for the most basic needs for the people in our communities at the same time that you talk about removing incentives for people to give to charities, who are also trying to balance an increased demand on programs and services with a reduction in funding for those programs, you are kind of caught between both doors," she said, explaining that, if the sequester cuts happen, it will have a double impact on communities.

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