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U.S. federal issues

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Tell Congress to Support the IRA Rollover!
Take five minutes (or less) out of your day and tell your members of Congress to support the IRA Rollover provision. All the information and step-by-step instructions are here.   

Giving Incentives Top List of Charity Public Policy Priorities
(Oct. 27, 2008) A survey of charity leaders across the U.S. found that increasing tax incentives for individual charitable giving was ranked as their highest public policy priority for 2009 and beyond.   

IRA Rollover Provision Reinstated Through 2009
(Oct. 3, 2008) President Bush has signed into law the $700 billion economic bailout bill (H.R. 1424, Financial Rescue Package), which includes a two-year extension of the IRA Rollover provision as well as other charitable giving provisions.   

Bill Calls for Tax Incentives to Aid Midwest Flood Victims
(July 28, 2008) A new bill in Congress would give federal tax relief for charitable donations that aid the Midwest following the catastrophic flooding and tornados in that region.   

Congress Renews Incentive for Land Conservation Gifts
(June 2, 2008) Donors who want to contribute land and property easements for conservation purposes can take advantage of an enhanced tax deduction.   

House Passes IRA Rollover
(May 26, 2008) The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday, May 21, that included an extension of the IRA Rollover provision.   

IRA Rollover Provision Introduced by Key Senators
(April 28, 2008) The chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee have introduced comprehensive tax legislation that includes an extension of the IRA Rollover provision until Dec. 31, 2009.   

President’s Budget Includes IRA Rollover, Other Giving Provisions
(Feb. 11, 2008) President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget contains a provision to make permanent the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollover provision, which expired at the end of 2007.   

AFP Urges Congress to Include IRA Rollover in Stimulus Package
(Jan. 28, 2008) AFP has submitted a written statement to the Senate Finance Committee, urging Senators to include an extension of the IRA Rollover provision in the economic stimulus package currently being considered.

Congressional Committee Proposes Fundraising Cost Disclosures
(Jan. 21, 2008) The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a second hearing on Jan. 17 to investigate fundraising costs by veterans charities, with several members of Congress calling for charities to disclose their fundraising costs and how much they spend on programs and services.   

IRA Rollover Expires; Possibly Made Retroactive in 2008
(Jan. 7, 2008) The Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollover provision expired at the end of 2007, although Congress is expected to consider the tax incentive in January and possibly make it retroactive to the beginning of 2008.     

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