Take Action – Write to Your Member of Congress
Slashing the Charitable Deduction is now ON the table!
(Nov. 8, 2011) Take action today to urge your Members of Congress to oppose any tax reforms that would harm charitable giving!
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is drafting tax code changes behind closed doors, and they are slated to introduce recommendations at the end of the month. It has just been reported that Senate Republicans are willing to slash or eliminate tax deductions for second homes and charitable deductions as part of a compromise deal. Now is the time for you to tell Congress to preserve the existing charitable deduction!
Various entities, including the Obama Administration, have suggested proposals to alter itemized deductions such as a 28 percent cap on deductions for higher income individuals or a floor that would only allow a tax break for charitable contributions that exceed 2 percent of adjusted gross income.
AFP opposes any proposed change to the itemized deduction (such as a cap or a floor) that would reduce charitable giving.
The loss of these charitable dollars will have a direct impact on the nation’s poorest and most disadvantaged. Any changes to the deduction that will diminish charitable giving will eliminate the funds that charities need to fuel their philanthropic missions such as social services, healthcare, education, housing and other essential programs and services that assist those in need.
We urgently need your help!
Make Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill!
AFP urges its members to educate their Members of Congress about preserving the current charitable deduction. As a constituent, you represent a key voice that will be heard.
Engaging Networks has generously allowed AFP to use their online platform where you can contact your Members of Congress with the mere touch of a button. Please click this link to send an electronic letter to your House member and two Senators of your state.
Related AFP ResourcesStudy Shows Americans Pulling Back From Volunteering
Book Review: Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors
Diversity Essay: Latino philanthropy in the U.S.
Strategies for Overcoming the Global Financial Crisis
Charity Fraud Makes the IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” Scams List