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GOP to delay release of tax bill

The Hill | October 31, 2017
House Republicans rushing to finish a far-reaching tax cut package by Thanksgiving conceded late Tuesday that they would have to delay the release of their legislation by a day.

How to make Americans more generous, not less

CNN | October 31, 2017
As Congress considers changes to tax code that would reduce the proportion of taxpayers who can benefit from charitable giving incentives, Daniel Rashke and Alyssa A. DiRusso offer an alternative approach that would broaden the nation’s philanthropic base and help defray government spending.

Charities could be big losers under tax reform. One NC rep is trying to fix that.

McClatchy DC | October 18, 2017
According to a study from the University of Indiana, charities and nonprofits could lose more that $13 Billion annually if current tax reform proposals become law, but Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), has introduced an alternative bill.

Tax reform, as proposed, threatens charitable giving

StarTribune | October 17, 2017
Proposed tax reform could cause a substantial decline in charitable giving, as existing tax incentives are taken away.

What If Nonprofits Are Tapped to Help Pay for Tax Cuts?

October 17, 2017 | Bloomberg BNA
Nonprofits could be squeezed in tax reform if Republicans decide to expand the instances in which the organizations must pay taxes—a move that would carry political consequences but would help bring in some revenue for rate cuts.

What if only the rich got tax breaks on charitable donations?

October 16, 2017 | Marketplace
[Segment begins at 7:20] Many nonprofits are shaking in their boots at the prospect of a GOP tax plan that would decrease incentives for giving, especially for individuals in lower tax brackets.

Nonprofits Battle to Get Charitable Deduction Extended to All Taxpayers

Chronicle of Philanthropy | October 11, 2017
A proposal to extend the charitable deduction to all taxpayers, not just those who itemize, has a champion on Capitol Hill, but whether it can gain serious traction with lawmakers remains unclear.

Key conservative Republican eyes bigger tax break for charity

The Hill | October 10, 2017
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), the leader of the biggest group of House conservatives is quietly pushing to expand the number of people who can claim a tax break for charitable giving in the GOP tax-reform legislation, expected to be released within weeks.

The GOP plan to simplify taxes could put charitable giving at risk

Washington Post | October 11, 2017
At the heart of the GOP tax plan is a push toward simplification that could have unintended consequences, potentially hurting charities — particularly those that depend on donations from middle-class donors.

God Loves a Cheerful Itemizer

Christianity Today | September 28, 2017
A study commissioned by Independent Sector showed that those who make between $50,000 and $100,000 a year are likely to give less to charity under President Trump’s proposed tax plan.

Giving Could Plunge $13 Billion Under Tax Plan, Nonprofit Leader Says

Chronicle of Philanthropy | September 27, 2017
Although the new tax proposal made public by Republican leaders this week would preserve the charitable deduction, research shows that another provision could reduce the value of the charitable deduction as a tax incentive and depress giving.

Tax Plan Doubles Standard Deduction, Leaves Charitable Deduction In Place

NonProfit Times | September 27, 2017
Nonprofit leaders applauded the preservation of the charitable deduction but are wary of other changes that might hurt charitable giving, such as doubling the standard deduction and repealing the estate tax, under a framework for tax reform presented by Republican leaders.

GOP proposes deep tax cuts, provides few details on how to pay for them

Washington Post | September 27, 2017
Republican leaders on Wednesday proposed slashing tax rates for the wealthy, the middle class and businesses while preserving popular tax deductions, according to a nine-page framework they hope will eventually unify the party behind a proposal to revamp the U.S. tax code.

Corker unveils tax reform details

The Hill | September 19, 2017
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a key member of the Senate Budget Committee, unveiled some details Tuesday about what kind of guidelines the committee resolution would include for tax reform.

Nonprofits Fear Sting of Tax Reform

September 11, 2017 | Bloomberg BNA
Concerns for nonprofit organizations go beyond the deduction—fears abound that a larger standard deduction and lower individual rates will erode charitable giving, and the threat of removing a nonprofit politicking ban could damage a sector that prizes the separation.

Push to simplify taxes is on but don’t touch some deductions

CBS News | August 31, 2017
Congressional Republicans have pledged to overhaul the nation’s complex tax code. They say they’ll curb a web of expensive deductions and credits to allow more revenue to flow to the government.

GOP Plan to Kill Estate Tax Sets Up Charitable Giving Conflict

Bloomberg | August 25, 2017
Most Republicans support killing the estate tax as part of a tax overhaul, but doing so could have dire consequences for something else conservatives cherish – charitable giving.

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

National Law Review | August 22, 2017
Higher education institutions need to promote and support effective use of the charitable deduction and educate their alumni, supporters, and Congressional representatives on how tax reform could affect the ability of institutions to deliver affordable education.

The federal budget is a reflection of our nation’s health values

The Hill | August 17, 2017
The proposed changes in the way Medicaid is financed, as outlined in the administration’s budget, could result in millions of low-income people nationwide who no longer have access to healthcare coverage.

The Charitable Tax Deduction – An Aid to America’s Relief Agencies

HuffPost | August 16, 2017
The charitable tax deduction was created in 1917 and has remained a popular and powerful incentive to encourage charitable giving in America for the past 100 years. But that support may be in jeopardy.

Charities Coax Lawmakers to Rethink Tax Plan

The Wall Street Journal | August 6, 2017
Charities stand to lose billions in donations if Republicans advance their tax overhaul, prompting nonprofits to carefully attempt to persuade lawmakers to reshape their plan.

What Influences American Giving?

The Conversation | July 24, 2017
The The priorities of the American public are more diverse than ever, and that diversity is reflected in its giving habits. In 2016, donations to all of the nine major categories we track went up, for only the sixth time in the last 40 years.

The Philanthropy World Is Frightened That Trump’s Tax Plan Is Going to Slow Donations

Fast Company | July 21, 2017
A recent survey by Schwab Charitable reports 45% of its current donors and financial advisors are likely to reduce their annual giving if Trump’s proposed tax reforms take effect in 2018.

Charities Push GOP for Tax Reform Change

The Hill | July 16, 2017
The nonprofit sector is pressuring lawmakers and the White House to protect the charitable tax deduction. Groups in the nonprofit community say that tax-reform plans released by the Trump administration would have disastrous consequences, cutting into charitable donations nationwide.

Why Congress Should Let Everyone Deduct Charitable Gifts from Their Taxes

The Conversation | June 27, 2017
Some of the changes to the tax code that are in the works could discourage charitable giving as an unintended consequence.

Americans Expand the Idea of Giving – and Goodness

Christian Science Monitor | June 14, 2017
More people are not limiting the idea of supporting good causes to only charities, churches, or other nonprofits. In the past decade, another type of giving – called “impact investing” – has taken off.

More giving, more benefit for all

San Antonio Express-News | June 19, 2017
Would you give up $1 if you could get $3 in return? That’s how smart the public policy investment in the charitable tax deduction has been.

Marginal tax rate reduction could impact charitable giving

Grand Rapids Business Journal | June 16, 2017
William Roth, a tax partner a Michigan office of BDO USA LLP, outlines how tax reform may impact charitable giving.

An incentive to give – helping America help itself

The Hill | June 16, 2017
Mike King, national president and CEO of Volunteers of America and a member of Leadership 18, calls on Americans and lawmakers to support preserving and enhancing the charitable tax deduction.

Could GOP Tax Reform Put a Dent in Charitable Giving?

National Catholic Register | June 12, 2017
As President Donald Trump and Congress get set to undertake tax reform, some are concerned that Republican tax proposals could lead to drastic reductions in charitable giving.

Churches, nonprofits worry that tax changes could reduce donations

Columbus Dispatch | June 9, 2017
Although proposed tax policy proposals would reduce annual giving to religious organizations and charities alike, Ohio churches are more concerned by how dwindling membership will result in less financial resources.

As a Slimmed-Down Tax Plan Grows More Likely, Nonprofits Shudder

Chronicle of Philanthropy | May 26, 2017
Charities are worried that donations might drop in the wake of President Trump’s much-promised overhaul of the tax code, which could dampen donations even if Congress charts a far less ambitious course.

Nonprofits Could Take $13.1 Billion Loss Under New Tax Plans

Chronicle of Social Change | May 22, 2017
Nonprofit organizations that rely on charitable donations could take a big hit if tax reforms being discussed by the White House and Republicans in the House of Representatives come to pass.

Tax reform could reduce charitable giving by up to $13 billion per year

CNBC | May 22, 2017
Even though Trump’s latest tax reform proposal calls for keeping the charitable deduction, an increase in the standard deduction and a decrease in the top marginal tax rate would reduce charitable giving by up to $13 billion annually, according to new research.

Report: Expanded charitable deduction could make up for potential funding shortfall

Associations Now | May 19, 2017
Independent Sector suggests that foreseeable reductions in charitable giving under tax reform proposals by Congress and the Administration could be offset by expanding the charitable deduction to non-itemized tax returns.

Marnie Taylor: Grateful for efforts to help charitable giving in Oklahoma

NewsOK | May 19, 2017
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits CEO Marnie Taylor writes about working with legislators, nonprofit leaders, policy experts, donors, the faith-based community and concerned citizens to oppose proposed legislation in Oklahoma that would have capped itemized deductions for the state’s taxpayers.

Charities Could Lose $13 Billion A Year Under Trump Tax Plan, They’re Fighting Back

Forbes | May 18, 2017
Charities have been bemoaning how President Donald Trump’s tax plan could hurt giving and now they’ve put a hard and fast number on the potential damage: $13 billion. That’s how much charities could lose in gifts in just one year, according to a new study by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Universal Deduction Might Boost Giving

NonProfit Times | May 18, 2017
Charitable giving could take a hit of between $5 billion and $13 billion under current tax reform proposals by Republican lawmakers but another policy change could make up that difference and then some, according to a new study released today.

GOP tax plan would reduce giving by $13 billion, study finds

Chronicle of Philanthropy | May 18, 2017
Proposed changes to the tax code circulating on Capitol Hill would suppress charitable giving by 4.6 percent, or $13.1 billion, according to an analysis released Thursday, May 18.

Changes to federal policies could drastically affect philanthropists, nonprofits

Denver Post | May 15, 2017
Bruce DeBoskey suggests a few potential effects of policy changes proposed by the government that impact the nonprofit sector.

If Trump has a tax plan, his advisers can’t agree on what it is

Washington Post | April 28, 2017
A day after President Trump’s Administration laid out his position on how to reform the tax system, his advisers offered more details on where the White House is headed – but it seems they still have not worked out all their differences.

Likely winners & losers under the Trump tax plan

Forbes| April 27, 2017
Despite the broad and ambitious scope of overhauling the nation’s tax code introduced in President Trump’s proposal on April 26, details on cost are initially unclear.

Trump tax plan raises standard deduction and kills estate tax

Chronicle of Philanthropy | April 26, 2017
A preliminary tax plan released by the Trump administration Wednesday calls for doubling the standard deduction and eliminating the estate tax, changes that could have detrimental effects for charitable fundraising.

Trump tax reform save for charities is illusory

Forbes| April 26, 2017
Charities are applauding the fact that the bare bones tax reform outline issued yesterday preserves the charitable income tax deduction, but are fearful that that charitable giving could suffer under another provision—doubling the standard deduction to $24,000 a couple.

President’s Note – Our Mission: Protecting Your Freedom

Philanthropy | Spring 2017
Adam Meyerson states Philanthropy Roundtable and the Alliance for Charitable Reform’s role in protecting the freedoms of American donors and ensuring that charitable giving remains central to American life.

Trump eyes cap on charitable deductions

The Hill | April 19, 2017
The Trump Administration is taking a serious look at capping tax deductions for charitable contributions, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Don’t let tax reform hurt nonprofits | April 12, 2017
Various estimates predict that that charitable giving nationwide could be reduced by more than $25 billion under the Republican House blueprint for tax reform, which proposes tripling the amount of the standard deduction.

Trump and House tax plans have one thing in common: They likely hit nonprofits hard

CNBC | March 29, 2017
The White House tax blueprint could cause a multi-billion-dollar dent in annual giving to nonprofits and the House Republicans’ version could be equally damaging.

You don’t need money to be a philanthropist

Orlando Sentinel | February 16, 2017
Susan Omoto makes emphasizes the role of philanthropy in America’s development and argues that giving must take center stage now more than ever.

What the average American deducts for charitable giving | January 23, 2017
Charitable giving is a huge part of American culture, and tens of millions of Americans give to charity regularly, donating an estimated $373 billion in 2015, according to the Giving USA 2016 report on philanthropy.

Trump’s tax plan vs. GOP Congress’ proposal: The nitty gritty | December 30, 2016
Our tax rates may change significantly in the next year or two, given the Republican sweep of the presidency and both houses of Congress. In December, Erin Arvedlund examined some of Trump’s proposed tax cuts and Congress’ alternatives.