On Friday, December 1st, United Way Worldwide released an official statement in opposition to the Senate’s version of the tax reform bill. Unfortunately, the Senate went on to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, without the inclusion of a universal charitable deduction.
According to numerous nonpartisan analysts, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) being considered in Congress will result in 95% of Americans being taxed on their donations to charities. 31 million taxpayers will lose their tax incentive to give to charities. Charitable giving will decrease by $13.1 billion a year. The reduced giving will be concentrated in faith-based, basic needs, and disaster relief charities that rely on gifts from middle-class donors. This will damage the very fabric of the charitable sector and our communities.
We’re asking that all Senators and Representatives oppose HR 1 because of the devastating impacts it will have on the charitable sector.
- Send an email to your elected officials. Find contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representatives here.
- Call your Members of Congress. The main switchboard for both the House and Senate is (202) 224-3121. You can ask to be directed from there.
- Spread the word. Engage through social media and Op-Eds.