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This is Misconception Monday, where we tackle common misconceptions in business law, business and society generally. This week, we’re talking about a general misconception around tax deductions.

You’ve probably heard that you can save money on taxes by making charitable donations to get you below a certain tax bracket. If you really understand the tax system, you’d realize why that simply isn’t true. The math just doesn’t add up!

By donating, you change your effective taxable income (and do some societal good), but you will still take home less at the end of the day.

Charitable donations will reduce your overall tax burden, but the bottom line is that they won’t increase your net income.

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