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September 2017
Volume 15 Issue 9

U.S. Federal Relations News September 2017

More U.S. Tax Reform Details to Be Released Next Week

Trump Administration Announces Decision to End DACA in Six Months

 

More U.S. Tax Reform Details to Be Released Next Week

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has announced that Republican leaders will release additional details regarding their tax reform plan the week of Sept. 25, 2017. It is unclear whether this new plan will include information on how charitable giving and the charitable deduction will be treated.

Chairman Brady is one of the "Big Six" Republican tax negotiators who have been working behind the scenes to determine what the Republican tax reform package will include. Blueprints from both the Trump administration and House Republicans call for doubling the standard deduction threshold, a proposal that would have the unintended consequence of reducing charitable giving by $13.1 billion, according to a recent Independent Sector study.

CASE and other members of the Charitable Giving Coalition have been urging lawmakers to include a universal charitable deduction as part of tax reform, a proposal that would allow all taxpayers to benefit from the charitable deduction and increase charitable giving by $4.8 billion. It is unclear if the plan that Republicans release next week will include any new information on charitable giving or other provisions that would have an impact on colleges, universities and independent schools.

As the tax reform debate heats up, CASE encourages members to stay informed of the latest developments by subscribing to the CASE Advocacy Network. Members can also view the latest edition of our on-demand Washington Update webinar, which covers the latest on tax reform and other issues affecting educational advancement.

 

Trump Administration Announces Decision to End DACA in Six Months

On Sept. 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The administration has given the program a six-month window before completely ending it to allow Congress time to consider a legislative solution.

DACA was created under the Obama administration to protect young, undocumented people who were brought to the United States as minors. DACA protects participants from deportation for a certain amount of time and provides work authorization. There are an estimated 800,000 DACA participants, many of whom attend U.S. educational institutions.

Following the decision, CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham released a statement describing the decision to end DACA as one that will create "enormous uncertainty." CASE will continue to monitor congressional efforts to seek a DACA legislative solution.