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You propose a very simple action but it gets more
complex, like tax law. If you write a check to
charity - you're a *hero* and you do accomplish the
same deduction from income. Along with being a *hero*
you get to deduct: any state taxes you pay, home
mortgage and realestate tax, and even your gambling
losses (up to amount of winnings :~)
For most folks, writing a check to charity for that
amount, isn't in the cards, but you "could" do it, just like you say.
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