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 AFP Legislative Alert: Your Action Needed NOW on Tax Reform

 

AFP distributed this legislative alert on Friday, asking for action by Monday. HOWEVER, the Senate Finance Committee is still considering a comprehensive tax reform bill, so PLEASE take action today if you haven't already.

AFP is asking members to contact their two U.S. Senators and urge them to include the universal charitable deduction in the tax reform bill to offset the projected losses of billions of dollars in charitable giving. Talking points and a draft email are below.

What To Do: Talking Points

Determine your two U.S. Senators here using this link and use their contact information to either call or email their offices. A draft email is at the bottom of this communication.

  • Charities could see a staggering loss of up to $13.1 billion in contributions annually, under the Senate tax reform proposal, equal to 6 percent of all individual giving.
  • Doubling the standard deduction threshold will dramatically reduce the number of taxpayers who benefit from the charitable deduction.
  • Last week, the Joint Committee on Taxation confirmed that the new standard deduction structure will have dire consequences, dramatically reducing the number of taxpayers (30 million) who benefit from the charitable deduction and reducing the amount of charitable gifts that taxpayers deduct by nearly $100 billion.
  • This loss in charitable giving will generate significant, negative consequences for America's charitable organizations and the constituents they serve.
  • A fair and efficient solution that will continue to encourage Americans to redirect their dollars to charities is a universal charitable deduction available to all taxpayers.
  • It is estimated that enacting a universal charitable deduction in the tax reform bill would overcome the loss in giving from the increased standard deduction and result in additional charitable giving of almost $5 billion every year.
  • Please support a universal charitable deduction in the Senate tax bill. Without it, the bill cannot live up to its ideal of being fairer and helping all Americans, especially those that depends on the services of charities across the country.

Members should feel free to use whatever points they'd like and can edit and/or personalize them as well. A draft email is below.

Please contact the AFP Public Affairs Department at paffairs@afpnet.org if you have any questions, and thank you for participating in this important public policy initiative!


Draft Email

Dear Senator LAST NAME:

As the TITLE for the ORGANIZATION in CITY, STATE, I am writing to urge you to include the universal charitable deduction in The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.

The doubling of the standard deduction in the bill will dramatically reduce the number of taxpayers who benefit from the charitable deduction. Last week, the Joint Committee on Taxation confirmed that under the bill, 30 million taxpayers would no longer itemize their taxes, reducing the amount of charitable gifts that taxpayers deduct by almost $100 billion.

Research from Independent Sector and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy estimates that charities could see a staggering loss of up to $13.1 billion in contributions annually, equal to 6 percent of all individual giving.

This loss in charitable giving will generate significant, negative consequences for America's charitable organizations and the constituents they serve. INCLUDE A SENTENCE OR TWO ON HOW A DROP IN GIVING COULD IMPACT YOUR ORGANIZATION AND ITS CHARITABLE SERVICES.

To offset this giving and ensure that charities receive the funding they need to serve communities across our country, I encourage you to include the universal charitable deduction in the tax reform bill.

A universal charitable deduction available to all taxpayers is simple, fair and would help encourage additional giving to charities. It is estimated that enacting a universal charitable deduction in the tax bill would overcome the loss in giving from the increased standard deduction and result in additional charitable giving of almost $5 billion every year!

Please support a universal charitable deduction in The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Without it, the bill cannot live up to its ideal of being fairer and helping all Americans, especially those that depends on the services of charities across the country.