Since we’re all thinking about our taxes this week, check this out: yesterday the Research on Religion podcast put out another excellent episode, an interview with David Wills on religious charity and taxation.
Wills is the president of the National Christian Foundation, which I had never heard of before listening to the episode. He and host Anthony Gill discuss a number of issues related to charitable giving in the United States, including the greater efficiency of private charities in meeting societal needs as compared to the government.
Much of the episode concerns the possibility that the federal government will end or drastically curtail the income tax deduction for charitable giving. The Obama administration has been floating this trial balloon each year under various pretexts, although thus far it has been shot down every time. An even more disturbing possibility discussed in this interview is that the tax deduction will be maintained only for government-approved charities.
Check it out, and if you are a podcast listener interested in religion and the social sciences, subscribe!