Sending Office: Honorable Christopher H. Smith
Sent By:
Monica.Herman@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

Individuals and families in the United States have long been generous patrons of charitable causes, which has continually enhanced the ability of non-profit and philanthropic groups to better assist communities in need.

In order to support charitable organizations and continue incentivizing taxpayers to give to the causes they care about, I have worked with Congressman Henry Cuellar to introduce the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act (HR 651).

Our legislation would allow taxpayers to write off charitable contributions on their taxes whether or not they choose to itemize their deductions, thereby enabling taxpayers to take the higher standard deduction and also incentivizing support for charities.
The bill establishes charitable deductions as “above-the-line,” and does not cap the amount one could give, although the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limits of sixty percent under the new tax law continue to apply. 

Under the previous tax code, approximately 30 percent of filers itemized their deductions, including the charitable deduction. However, the new tax law (now PL 115-97) doubled the standard deduction, which is expected to reduce the number of filers who itemize
their taxes and therefore utilize the charitable deduction.

Charitable organizations, including faith based and other non-profits, are the life-blood of services to those in need in our society, and I am committed to a tax policy that amplifies their ability to serve our community. Non-profit organizations and civil
society provide for unmet needs and it is my hope they this bill will ensure they continue to receive the support they need to continue their critical mission to society.

By enabling those taking the standard deduction to also claim the charitable deduction, uncapped, this bill would help generate revenue for charities and philanthropic organizations, and it enjoys bipartisan support.  We hope that you will join us in cosponsoring. 
For details, please call or email Monica Herman (Monica.Herman@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Chris Smith’s office at 5-3765 or Zack Linick (Zack.Linick@mail.house.gov)
with Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office at 5-1640.

Sincerely,

 

CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH                                                              HENRY CUELLAR

      Member of Congress                                                                    Member of Congress

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