Mormon apostle addresses Senate finance committee

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A senior Mormon church leader says U.S. tax code reforms shouldn’t reduce or remove charitable giving deductions because doing so would hurt churches, charities and the nation at large. Dallin H. Oaks told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Monday that changing the current deduction system would affect organizations that help children, senior adults and the poor. Oaks is a member of the Quorum of The Twelve Apostles, which is the second-highest leadership group in the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch had invited him to speak in Washington as the finance committee prepares to debate broad tax reforms. Mormons are committed to charitable deductions in part because they tithe 10 percent of their income to remain in good standing with their church.

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