On March 25, NJ Senate passed the bill S2179 that allows gross income tax deduction for charitable contributions to certain New Jersey-based charitable organizations. The deduction allowed by the bill mirrors the federal income tax deduction for charitable contributions and is allowed regardless of whether the federal itemized deduction is taken by the taxpayer. Mercer Council is one of the organizations that will benefit by this legislation. This provides an added incentive to make your charitable donations to eligible organizations. Your contributions today will ensure that Mercer Council's mission 'to create pathways to reduce substance-related challenges through education, support, advocacy and partnerships throughout the community' will continue on while giving you and your family the tax benefit.