PRICES & SPENDING   •  Feb 2019  •  Volume 8 / Number 3

The relationship between cash contributions, pretax income, and age

The relationship between cash contributions, pretax income, and age

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) indicate that in 2016, U.S. households made $269.6 billion in cash contributions to persons or organizations outside the household

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