10 More States Offer Tax Break to Organ Donors

Published February 1, 2007

Since 2004, when Wisconsin became the first state to offer residents an income tax break for donating an organ, 10 other states have adopted similar legislation: Georgia in 2004; Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Utah in 2005; and Idaho, Mississippi, and New York in 2006, according to Scott Becher, chief of staff for Wisconsin state Rep. Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton).

Oklahoma’s House and Senate passed separate versions last year, but the bills could not be reconciled in committee. Legislators in several other states, including Indiana, Maryland, and Kentucky, have also passed versions, but the bills are not yet law.

Steve Stanek