Washington (March 30, 2004) -- Federal tax collectors skilled in squeezing blood from a stone may have to give some of it back under proposed new legislation offering taxpayers hefty deductions for donating their organs.

The bill, introduced in the House by Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., would authorize tax deductions for organ donors of up to $15,000 per donation -- an incentive that Hastings says is needed to save the lives of the 6,500 Americans who die each year waiting for an organ transplant.

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