Since 1917, America has recognized the value of the charitable deduction, which has served as the bedrock of our altruistic society and is a model for the world. It must continue as a fundamental tenet of our tax system.
Towards that end, we will oppose any legislative proposals that inhibit or diminish private charitable giving, which includes speaking up for a strong charitable giving incentive during tax reform debates. To learn more about ACR’s guiding principles for tax reform, please click here.
To learn more about the charitable deduction, we recommend you watch the video below of a lively panel discussion at our 2015 ACR Summit for Leaders in which four specific arguments supporting the charitable deduction are presented.
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02/16/17 Nonprofit Leaders to Lawmakers: Now is a Critical Time for Charitable Giving
WASHINGTON, D.C.— More than 200 nonprofit leaders from across the nation representing a diverse group of charities gathered on Capitol Hill on February 16 to urge lawmakers and their staffs to protect charitable giving in America as part of the Charitable Giving Coalition’s (CGC) “100 Years of Giving Fly-in.”
02/01/17 Mnuchin: Charitable deduction will not be eliminated
On Monday, Politico released a document containing written responses from U.S. Secretary of Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin to questions from members of the Senate Finance Committee. Of particular note, Mnuchin stated that the administration would not eliminate the charitable deduction.
1/25/17 Brady: We’re looking for ways to unlock charitable giving
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Republican lawmakers are looking to encourage additional charitable giving resulting from tax reform.
» For more news on the charitable deduction click here: Charitable Deduction — News
- President Obama has proposed limiting the charitable deduction for high-income earners in several proposals over the past few years including his FY 2016 budget.
- House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-MI) “Tax Reform Act of 2014” includes a 2% floor on the charitable deduction.
» For more proposals click here: Charitable Deduction — Proposals
Recent studies, reports and polling information on the impact of changes to the charitable deduction from a variety of sources.
- Tax Policy Center from the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution: Description and Analysis of the Camp Tax Reform Plan (2014)
- American Enterprise Institute: The Great Recession, Tax Policy, and the Future of Charity in America (2013)
- Tax Foundation: Economics of the Blank Slate: Case Study #11 Deduction for Charitable Contributions, (2013)
- United Way Worldwide: Americans Agree: Charitable Tax Deduction Vital to Nonprofits, Communities, and Donors, (2012)
- Urban Institute: Tax Policy and Charities: Evaluating the Charitable Deduction and Proposed Reforms, by Roger Colinvaux, Brian Galle, and Eugene Steuerle (2012)
- Dunham+Company: Three-fourths of Americans Favor Charitable Tax Deduction (2012)
» For more background click here: Charitable Deduction — Research
Interested in getting involved with efforts to protect the charitable deduction?
Contact Sara Barba (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.