Charitable Deduction Under Scrutiny

Proposals to trim the federal budget take aim at a cornerstone of giving

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The growing pressure on Washington to restrain the spiraling federal debt has once again put the future of the charitable deduction into question.

After Congress rebuffed President Obama’s call to limit the tax break for charitable gifts to help pay for last year’s health-care overhaul, many nonprofit advocates hoped that lawmakers would consider the deduction off-limits.

But new proposals now swirling around Washington suggest that it will remain fair game, along