House Tax Reform Bill Could Dramatically Alter Nonprofit Operations, Missions
Some of the proposed tax changes in the just-introduced House tax reform bill are bad for nonprofits. And there's very little time to do something about it. Call Congressman Cramer now and tell him not to undermine the work of charitable nonprofits through tax reform.
two minutes today to call Congressman Cramer at 202-225-2611 and deliver this simple message:
"The House tax bill will undermine the work of charitable nonprofits. I ask Congressman Cramer to tell colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee to do two things to help fix it: 1) strike the Johnson Amendment language at Section 5201 from the bill to maintain nonpartisanship, and 2) add a universal deduction to give a tax incentive to all Americans to give back to their communities. We need Congressman Cramer to tell Ways and Means Committee members to protect the work of nonprofits in North Dakota! Thank you!"
More Details on Tax Reform
The House tax reform bill is moving fast. The
Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was introduced last Thursday, the tax committee starts working on it
today, and the full House is expected to vote up-or-down (meaning no amendments) on it next week. Today and tomorrow (Nov. 6-7) may be the last best chance for nonprofits to have a say in what's in the House tax reform bill. Since our state doesn't have a member on the Ways and Means Committee, the only way for North Dakota nonprofits to have a say in the bill is to get Congressman Cramer to tell his colleagues on the Committee to fix the bill so charitable nonprofits can continue to do the good work they do every day.
Remove the Johnson Amendment language (Section 5201) from the House tax bill. Section 5201 of the House bill would weaken the law that protects 501(c)(3) organizations from demands from candidates for public office and their supporters for endorsements and campaign contributions. Existing law, called the "Johnson Amendment," has successful protected nonprofits since 1954. Section 5201 would allow churches to endorse candidates, actions that will likely result in massive hidden political spending, religious broadcasters becoming ever more partisan, expansion of corruption in the 501(c)(3) space, exploitation of "sanctuaries" for political gain, the undermining of public trust, and much more.
Add a Universal deduction for charitable giving to the House tax bill to enable all Americans to get a tax benefit from giving back to the work of nonprofits in their communities. The House tax bill would nearly double the standard deduction and, as a result, shrink down to five percent the number of taxpayers who itemize their charitable deductions - likely shrinking charitable giving too. Ninety-five percent of taxpayers would receive no tax benefit for giving back to their communities. A solution is to allow all taxpayers, including those who take the standard deduction, to take a deduction for their charitable donations.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 701-258-9101.
Your voice matters! Join us in taking a stand for a strong and vibrant nonprofit community.
Dana Schaar Jahner
P.S. Please forward this call to action to your nonprofit colleagues!
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