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charitable donations at the cash register, combating misinformation (USA) 

apparently there's a meme going around claiming that you should not donate to charities at the cash register in stores (eg by rounding up your total) but rather donate directly to the charity, because if you donate at the register you are funding a tax deduction for the store

this is entirely false. in this situation, the store is acting as a pass-through, and the donation was made by you, not them

taxpolicycenter.org/taxvox/who

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re: charitable donations at the cash register, combating misinformation (USA) 

to be entirely clear, any business that took a deduction for pass-through charitable contributions would be committing serious fraud and would be in major trouble with the IRS. this isn't something any corporation does.

re: charitable donations at the cash register, combating misinformation (USA) 

internet: corporations are doing this shitty thing >:(

me: no they're not

internet: well i still think they are doing it bc corporations are bad, so they're probably doing every bad thing i can thing of

me: -_-

re: charitable donations at the cash register, combating misinformation (USA) 

@john When most of the bad things they *actually* do are both legal and more than sufficiently awful.

re: charitable donations at the cash register, combating misinformation (USA) 

@naga yeah and this one is especially bad because believing it only hurts charities

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