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Urge lawmakers to cosponsor H.R. 5220. Connect with your congressional delegation directly by texting "Future" to 52886 or go online to tell them #DontTaxEducation.  Read below for more information.

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CASE Announces Support for IRA Charitable Rollover Expansion BillCASE has joined a coalition in support of legislation that would expand the IRA charitable rollover.

If enacted, the Legacy IRA Act of 2017 (H.R. 1337) would allow individuals to make up to $400,000 of tax-free distributions annually from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to split-interest entities beginning at age 65. The provision would expire on Dec. 31, 2021.

Currently, taxpayers age 70½ or older can make up to $100,000 annual tax-free contribution from their IRA to eligible charities, including colleges, universities and independent schools. Since its permanent enactment, the IRA Charitable Rollover has generated millions of dollars in new or increased contributions that benefit students and the institutions that serve them. The Legacy IRA Act would build on this success by allowing taxpayers to make up to $400,000 in tax-free distributions from their IRAs to split-interest entities (such as charitable remainder trusts or charitable gift annuities) beginning at age 65.

CASE will work with our charitable sector partners to build bipartisan support for H.R. 1337.

Connect with Government Relations Professionals this December in Atlanta

Register today for the 25th annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference, Dec. 5-7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year's conference is Delivering Results Amid Change, Uncertainty, and Polarization.

This fall, 36 governorships and over 80 percent of legislative seats are up for election. During the conference, speakers will analyze the results of the November elections and discuss how higher education government relations professionals can effectively navigate the new landscape and champion their campuses and systems in 2019. Nathan Deal, the current governor of Georgia, a former member of Congress and state senator, will be the opening keynote speaker. He will share his advice on how higher ed government relations professionals can best build a state agenda for higher education in a changing political environment.

The conference is designed for higher ed professionals from public institutions and state systems who are interested in bolstering their skills, connecting with colleagues and staying abreast of state and federal trends. CASE is proud to partner with the American Association of Community Colleges , American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities on this conference.

For more information on the 2018 Higher Education Government Relations Conference, please visit the conference website.

House Republicans Introduce Tax Reform 2.0 Package

On September 10, the House Ways & Means Committee released their Tax Reform 2.0 legislative package. Three days later, the three bill package was marked up by the committee and passed on a 21-15 party line vote. The bills seek to make the temporary individual side tax cuts included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent, including:

  • doubling of the standard deduction
  • $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction
  • doubling of the estate tax exemption
  • increasing the Adjusted Gross Income limitation for charitable gifts of cash from 50 percent to 60 percent for cash gifts, and
  • eliminating of the Pease limitation.

While the bills were voted out of committee, it is unclear if or when the full House will consider the legislation. The Senate is not expected to consider nor vote on Tax Reform 2.0.

These articles are from the September 2018 BriefCASE issue.

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