Wis. living organ donors will get tax break

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 16, 2004

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Living organ donors in Wisconsin will now be able to deduct up to $10,000 for donation-related expenses thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jim Doyle on Jan. 30.

The law allows for a one-time deduction for Wisconsin residents donating a kidney, lung, bone marrow, or part of the liver, pancreas or intestine, and is limited to travel expenses, lodging and wages lost as a result of the donation.

"This legislation will make it easier for donors to bear the financial costs of a transplant," Doyle said in a press release. "Most important, it will save lives by helping make organs and tissue available to those who need transplants to survive and enjoy life."

Doyle signed the bill into law while surrounded by living-organ donors, transplant recipients and transplant surgeons and staff during a ceremony at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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