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New Jersey bills call for $1K tax credit to organ donors

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to offer tax credits to organ donors, but his no-strings approach is meeting opposition from groups who believe the practice runs afoul of federal law.

While the National Organ Transplant Act makes it illegal for hospitals to pay for organs, 19 states provide either a tax credit or deduction for verifiable, unreimbursed expenses related to living organ donations, said Troy Zimmerman, of the National Kidney Foundation. In some states, the benefit also includes the donor's lost wages.

Donor groups who support a cost-neutral approach have raised issues with New Jersey's proposal to provide residents with $1,000 in income tax credits for donating...

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