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Charitable Dededuction

2006-04-27 16:25

  The staff at a local United Way office realized that it had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer.

  The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute and said, "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"

  The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, Did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"

  Embarrassed, the United Way representative mumbled, "Um…… No."

  "Or," the lawyer continued, "that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?"

  The stricken United Way representative began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted when the lawyer added, "Or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "Leaving her penniless with three children?"

  The humiliated United Way representative, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea……"

  On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"

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