Let’s expand access to the charitable deduction to 100 million more Americans.
With Congress debating comprehensive tax reform this year, we have a unique opportunity to strengthen and expand the charitable deduction to incentivize more Americans to give even more in support of their communities.
Please take a moment to make your voice heard. In the box below, simply enter your home address to identify your Members of Congress, and then contact them via email with just a few clicks.
Here’s What You Should Tell Lawmakers
For 100 years, the charitable deduction has been a powerful tool to incentivize more giving by Americans.
Your personal story about what charitable giving has meant to you and/or your work.
Urge them to expand this giving incentive to all American taxpayers.
In the box below, simply click on “not your reps,” then enter your home address to see your federal lawmakers and contact them directly via email. Use the sample language below the Take Action box as a guide.
Sample email to lawmakers:
For 100 years, our tax code has been a powerful tool to encourage and empower Americans to support their communities through charitable giving. Regardless of their income level, taxpayers who receive a deduction for their contributions give more to charities than those that do not receive a deduction.
Tax reform provides a unique opportunity to explore policies that could increase charitable investment in local communities. A universal deduction, or non-itemizer deduction, is one way to enhance giving through a fair, simplified structure that provides an incentive for all taxpayers, including low- and middle-income households.
The nonprofit sector is encouraged that policymakers say protecting the charitable deduction is a priority in tax reform. However, proposals to increase the standard deduction and lower rates unintentionally limit the value of this critical incentive.
A recent study by Indiana University indicates that doubling the standard deduction and lowering the top rate to 35% could reduce charitable giving up to $13 billion per year. That is the equivalent of funding for critical programs offered by the six largest charities in the United States.
However, the study further concludes that expanding the charitable deduction would more than make up for the loss of giving from the proposals and potentially increase charitable giving by up to $4.8 billion per year.
I stand with the 75 percent of American voters who support expanding the charitable deduction. On the 100th anniversary of the charitable deduction, I urge you to seize this opportunity to enact policies that extend the charitable deduction to 100 percent of American taxpayers.