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Organ donors can reap limited tax benefits

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Q I plan to leave my organs to be used for research at  a hospital. Can I deduct this gift as a current charitable  donation or, at the very least, a gift at death? P.P.,  San Antonio 

A We receive this question every few years, but the answer  still is “No.” You can’t claim a charitable deduction—or  a medical deduction, either—for the value of organs donated  for research or medical purposes. (Even if it were  allowed, establishing a value for deduction purposes would  be difficult). Tip: You can deduct certain costs relating to  organ transplants—such as compatibility tests, surgical  expenses, hospital bills, laboratory fees and travel expenses—  as medical expenses. (IRS Revenue Ruling 73-189)

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