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Vern Buchanan

From the office of:

Vern Buchanan

Sending Office: Honorable Vern Buchanan
Sent By:
sean.brady@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor the Everyday Philanthropist Act

Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Incentivize Charitable Giving

2018 Donations at Lowest Levels Since Great Recession

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in cosponsoring the Everyday Philanthropist Act (H.R. 4002), bipartisan legislation to incentivize charitable giving in the United States.

In 2018, individual charitable donations fell by a staggering $3.2 billion dollars — a decrease of nearly 3.5% when adjusted for inflation. In fact, according to Giving USA, American households’ charitable donations last year were at their lowest levels
since the Great Recession. 

This decrease is especially concerning as donations from individuals make up over two-thirds of all annual charitable giving. Without increased incentives, many charitable organizations expect the decline in donations to continue.

That’s why we introduced the Everyday Philanthropist Act (H.R. 4002), a commonsense measure to encourage more Americans to donate to their favorite charities by providing them with an effective tax break.

Specifically, our bipartisan legislation would allow employees to set aside up to $2,700 per year, on a pre-tax basis, to give to the charity or charities of their choice through the establishment of Flexible Giving Accounts (FGAs). This new employee benefit,
which employers will be able to administer themselves or enlist outside help to establish, would function similarly to flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs) and other pre-tax payroll deductions.

Charities and non-profit groups throughout the U.S. serve some of the most vulnerable populations in our communities and are essential to addressing some of the most pressing issues – combatting the opioid epidemic, fighting hunger, curing cancer, and much
more.

We believe that this straightforward improvement to the tax code will broaden the nation’s philanthropic base and foster a culture of more regular, predictable charitable donations on an annual basis.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor our bill, please reach out to Sean Brady in Congressman Buchanan’s office
(sean.brady@mail.house.gov) or Conor Walsh in Congressman Suozzi’s office (conor.walsh@mail.house.gov).

Sincerely,

Vern Buchanan                                                                                                Thomas R. Suozzi

Member of Congress                                                                                        Member of Congress

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