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Tax Exemptions

June 24, 1988

We cannot allow the tax-exempt status of the private nonprofit organizations in our country to be compromised ("Losing Our T-Shirts to the Tax Man" by Michael McCloskey, Op-Ed Page, June 12).

With the federal government seemingly withdrawing on all fronts from providing social services, cultural activities, and environmental conservation, we cannot at the same time eviscerate the very institutions which take up the slack. Volunteerism isn't free!

It is clearly an American tradition to fund community activities by selling things, not just by donations. Shall we really start taxing "profits" from Girl Scout cookies and bake sales?

MARC RICH

Chatsworth

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