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Tax breaks for deer donations?

January 06, 2010 at 01:48 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is backing legislation to help boost venison donations to the hungry.

The Wisconsin Democrat is co-sponsoring a proposal crafted by New York Democrat Charles Schumer. It would let deer hunters deduct the cost of processing game from their taxable income, when the meat is donated to a soup kitchen or food pantry.

Wisconsin Public Radio says processing fees typically range from $60 to $90.

The senators say the proposal could help charities that have been hurt by the flagging economy.

Edie Miller works for a meat processor in Columbia County. She says she’s seen firsthand the dip in venison donations.

She says her company processed about 100 deer last year for food-donation programs, down from more than 200 in previous years.

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if you cant eat it yourself then dont shoot it. not our job to feed the lazy people

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 01:51 PM

john… finally we agree… I hate it when people just shoot things and dump them off.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 02:52 PM

Two of the most anti-gun senators (who think no one should own guns) want tax breaks for hunters? Does that mean they will be running for POTUS soon?  I can only pray they go pheasant hunting and forget which end is the barrel, and Dick Cheney is on the flank. Here is a great idea Chuck and Russ. Cut taxes by 10% to everyone, and require 3% of it to go to charities across the board.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 03:32 PM

Reddog - that made me laugh!  I too agree with you johnh (never thought I would say that!).  I’m sick of everyone feeling “entitled” to everything. 

According to the article, it would be a tax deduction (and not a tax credit).  So, we aren’t talking about enough dollars to make a difference (if you are in the 28% tax bracket - most people are - it amounts to a whopping $15-$22 reduction in your taxes).  Considering who’s pushing this (Russ Frankenstien-gold and Little Chuckie Schmucker), there’s definitely an angle to it.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 04:18 PM

True, Gilly. Those that donate deer will continue to do so regardless of some tax deduction that will ultimately save them only a few bucks come April. This proposal is pretty ridiculous, but shouldn’t take anything away from those that wish to donate their deer. Plenty of good reasons to donate, but there shouldn’t be any monetary incentive to do so.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 04:25 PM

ill continue to donate to my own self.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 06:11 PM

Good for you.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 07:00 PM

Can you donate to yourself?  Food for thought, pun intended.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 07:13 PM

we need some ice fishing articles.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 07:29 PM

I am sure the trophy crowd will demand the credit is based on inches of antler.  Any young buck or button head will be a tax penalty.  Let’s say 3,000 to the nearest food plotter.

Why even bring this up, perhaps its an admission that those killing a deer really do not want to eat the meat or hunters are taking more than they can eat themselves and need to off load the meat to justify head hunting.  Heaven forbid the ‘meat hunter side’ is ever right.  The ‘regulars’ on this site will never allow the trophy focus to be diminished.

If you find yourself killing does and donating the meat, it seems you should be inviting other hunters in to help out.  This site seems to have enough posters that would drive on over based reports of no more deer or they would head right over after they get back from Kentucky.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 07:29 PM

i want a tax break for sharing all my wisdom on this site.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 09:07 PM

Once one shares all of his wisdom, is he done posting.  Or since the wisdom bank is now bankrupt, kind of curious what will be shared next.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 10:41 PM

darn murdy, guess ill have to put in an extra hour or 2 in this week then.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/06 at 10:42 PM

johnh - tax break and wisdom?  My agreeing with you lasted for one whole post to the site . . . it was great while it lasted though. grin

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/07 at 07:06 AM

johnh I’m so proud of you did you go to rehab finaly you made a some sense then you sliped about the sharing your wisdom. But we all slip once in awhile. So you hang in there.
I can hear it now lets go kill some deer we will get a tax break. We really do have got some LuLus in government. I’ll bet most of us would donate deer with out a damm tax break. Feingold and Schumer must be looking for votes theres allot of tea baggers that hunt. And johnh keep up the good work.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/07 at 09:01 AM

I wouldn’t trust Feingold as far as I could throw him. Some of his votes at a glance. Besides we can thank him and McCain for campaign finance reform that worked oh so well. Besides I’m sure if you have internet, that you make to much money to subtract it from your taxes a anyways.

http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Russell_Feingold.htm

  *  Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  * Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  * Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  * Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  * Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  * Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  * Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  * Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/07 at 11:10 AM

JohnH is a scholar and we are lucky to have him on this site.

However, I think I am going to disagree with him on the this topic, but I’m not diehard. I am pretty much for any tax deduction out there, cuz we are getting hosed by taxes in every direction we turn.
The much easier option if these 2 senators want to put more money in our pockets is just cut taxes, period!!! working families who bring in 80k a year are treated and taxed like they are rich. In the last year we have seen the largest TRANSFER OF WEALTH from the working class to the poor deadbeats in the history of mankind.
Who cares about a hunters for hungry tax credit when that is going on?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/07 at 04:20 PM

Hows about if we donate Feingold and Schumer to the meat locker, do we still get a tax break?

Posted by Henry Holt on 01/11 at 10:45 AM

Well… they are meatheads.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/11 at 03:14 PM

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