Originally Posted by Cancer_Researcher
Not to mention that these soldiers are the reason why Andrei is probably in the US in the first place and that the donations he probably makes to Israel are 100% tax deductible. Many Jews I personally know make hefty donations to Israel every year in order to get themselves down to a lower tax bracket. Would this be considered unpatriotic to the United States? I would consider so. Will anyone say it out loud or bring it up front into the news? Probably not because they will be labeled as "ANTI-SEMITES" immediately.
What, you can just write a check payable to "ISRAEL" and mail it to "1 Israel Street, Israel" and then take a deduction? Hardly. IRS Rules and Regs are VERY restrictive as to charitable contributions and depending on one's income they may not be deductible at all or beyond a certain point.
Any group that has complied with the tax code to achieve and maintain 501(c)(3) status qualifies such that otherwise-qualified persons can deduct contributions thereto. I'm sure there are plenty of such entities that fly the Star of David, just as there are plenty that fly the Crescent Moon. Why it would be unpatriotic to deduct contributions to Jewish-favored charities so long as there is compliance with the tax code is beyond me.
Moreover, itemized deductions do not technically change one's tax bracket. They are a deduction from the AGI (line 651 from your 1040, lol) and are used to calculate the tax owed, but they don't come off the top. While they will reduce your tax bite (again, to the extent you qualify for them) it's rare they can impact your profile sufficiently to actually shift brackets. Perhaps if you're right on the edge of one, but that isn't most folks.
Just a personal observation, CR, which you're of course welcome to ignore, but while I realize you have a REALLY BIG sore spot with Israel, passing around inflammatory and inaccurate stuff like this isn't likely to win you any points.