Wednesday, June 12, 2013
One method of determining which states have the most charitable activity is to look at the percentage of tax returns claiming charitable deductions.
Maryland had the highest percentage of tax returns claiming charitable deductions with 40.1%. This led to a total giving of $3.9 billion with a median contribution of $2,969. New Jersey had the second highest percentage of tax returns with 36% and Connecticut third with 35.9%. Utah, Minnesota and Virginia were close behind.
See Dan Caplinger, The 6 Most Generous States in America, The Motley Fool, May 29, 2013; see also Paul L. Caron, Percentage of Tax Returns Claiming Charitable Deductions, TaxProf Blog, June 2, 2013.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.