Taxation/Charities

Salem realizes the importance of being a good corporate citizen and makes general contributions to worldwide charitable organizations. For 2009, Salem wants to contribute $1,500,000 to various charities. Based on 2008 tax laws, if Salem’s taxable income before charitable contributions is $11,500,000 in 2009, calculate the charitable contribution allowance for 2009. Provide a recommendation (500-750 word memo) to Salem management regarding tax implications of this contribution.