Dancer’s bill to provide tax benefits for organ and bone marrow donors and employers awaits governor’s signature

Dancer’s bill to provide tax benefits for organ and bone marrow donors and employers awaits governor’s signature

Ron Dancer

TRENTON N.J. – The Assembly unanimously voted in favor of Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (A6075/S4188) that would allow up to a $10,000 deduction on unreimbursed expenses if a taxpayer or their dependent donates an organ or bone marrow.

The bill is designated as “Lindsay’s Law” in honor of Lindsay Clark, a kidney donor, and Pine Hill resident.

“Donating an organ and bone marrow is not an easy decision, but when someone chooses to help save a life, often a stranger’s life, we need to make sure they are also taken care of as well,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “When someone decides to give a part of themselves to save a life, the least we can do is offer some tax relief.”

The bill also would grant employers of donors a tax credit and provide paid leave for state and local employees up to 30 days for an organ donation and up to five workdays for bone marrow donation.

“Organ and bone marrow transplants have saved countless lives and those who chose to donate are the unsung heroes of the medical world,” said Dancer. “We must make sure we take care of the donors as well as the transplant recipients.”