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How much did President Obama donate to his local church?

Published: Sunday, April 20 2014 4:53 p.m. MDT

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2012.

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The release of President Barack Obama’s tax returns has generated plenty of discussion, but some of the most interesting tidbits come not from how much he got, but from how much he gave.

According to the returns, which were posted on Whithouse.gov on Friday, Obama made $59,251.00 in charitable donations last year. That comes to 12.3 percent of the First Family’s income being donated to charity, with their largest donation going to The Fisher House Foundation, a charity that provides free housing for the families of veterans who are receiving health treatment.

As The Daily Caller points out, 0.3 percent of the president’s taxable income was tithed to St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., a local evangelical church that the president has been known to attend on occasion.

According to Churchexecutive.com, only 5 percent of American adults donate 10 percent or more of their annual income, a number that is typically cited as the biblical definition of tithes.

You can read more about President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's tax returns at whithouse.gov.

JJ Feinauer is a web producer for Moneywise and Opinion on DeseretNews.com. Email: jfeinauer@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: jjfeinauer.

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