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On Saturday morning (December 2), the U.S. Senate passed their bill for tax reform along a party-line vote of 51-49. This Senate vote now sets up a final conference to try to write a final bill that can be signed into law before year-end. Unfortunately, both the Senate...
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On Saturday morning (December 2), the U.S. Senate passed their bill for tax reform along a party-line vote of 51-49. This Senate vote now sets up a final conference to try to write a final bill that can be signed into law before year-end.

Unfortunately, both the Senate bill and the previously passed House bill (H.R. 1) would have a very negative impact on charitable giving.

The latest analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that charities, including nonprofit arts organizations, could see a staggering loss of up to $24 billion annually. The resulting loss in charitable giving will cause significant consequences for the health of America's nonprofit organizations and the communities we serve.

Take two minutes now to contact your member of Congress.

Call on Congress to preserve incentives for charitable giving by protecting the full scope and value of the tax deduction for all forms of charitable gifts, and ensure that changes made under tax reform will encourage more giving by more Americans. Ask for support for a universal charitable deduction and the Universal Charitable Giving Act (S. 2123/H.R. 3988.)

Although both versions of the tax bill would have a very negative impact on charitable giving, some provisions would do greater harm to the arts and the nonprofit sector than others. Here is a chart tracking these differences:
 
U.S. House Bill U.S. Senate Bill
Eliminates the performing artists' business deduction No such elimination
Eliminates the $250 deduction for teacher supplies and instructional materials Doubles the same provision to $500
Reduces estate and gift taxes by doubling the exemption and then ultimately fully repealing the estate tax (historically a generator of major charitable gifts) Reduces estate tax by doubling the exemption
Repeals the "Johnson Amendment" prohibition on tax-exempt organizations' support for political campaigns, without causing them to lose tax-exempt status No such elimination
Repeals lifetime education credits, tax deduction for interest on student loans, and tuition waivers from income for graduate and PhD students No such elimination
Repeals income tax exemption for private activity bonds, often used to finance cultural infrastructure projects, like museums No such elimination
No such elimination Removal of artists' housing from the list of "qualified groups" who can benefit from federally subsidized low-income housing
 
To get the latest on the impact of current tax proposals to double the standard deduction for individual taxpayers and Americans for the Arts "Statement on Tax Reform and the Charitable Contribution Deduction," please visit the Arts Mobilization Center.     

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