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Contact your representatives and voice your opposition to the PROSPER Act, a bill that would reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

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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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal Endowment Excise Tax

Representatives John Delaney (D-MD) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recently introduced the Don't Tax Higher Education Act (H.R. 5220), legislation that would repeal the 1.4 percent excise tax on the net investment income of certain private colleges and universities included in the new tax law. CASE supports repealing the tax.

In Rep. Delaney's press release announcing the introduction of H.R. 5220, CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham stated, "We applaud Representatives Delaney and Byrne for their commitment to eliminating this unnecessary and misguided tax. Our tax policy should encourage donors to make charitable gifts supporting wider access through scholarships, research and academic programs at colleges, universities and independent schools. It should not penalize donor generosity by taxing the endowed charitable gifts of donors, redirecting critical funds away from supporting the important work of educational institutions." CASE plans to work with Reps. Delaney and Byrne to build support for H.R. 5220.Since its introduction, the following six lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors:

  • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
  • Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)
  • Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA)
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
  • Rep. Leonard lance (R-NJ)
  • Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)

Representatives Chris Smith, Henry Cuellar Introduce Universal Charitable Deduction Bill

On May 10, Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act (H.R. 5771), a bill that would allow nonitemizing taxpayers deduct charitable gifts without a limitation.

In a press release announcing the bill, Rep. Smith stated, "charitable organizations are the life-blood of services to those in need in our society [...] Americans have been generous patrons of charitable causes, and we want to ensure that everyone has the support they need to continue their generosity to charitable and philanthropic causes."

CASE, along with many key charitable sector partners, supports H.R. 5771. A universal charitable deduction will incentivize all taxpayers, regardless of income, to give generously to educational institutions and other charitable organizations.

CASE has also been working to build support for the Universal Charitable Giving Act (H.R. 3988, S. 2123) which was introduced in 2017 by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) in the Senate and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) in the House. This legislation is nearly identical to H.R. 5771 except that that nonitemizers could only deduct up to $4,000 in charitable gifts for individuals and $8,000 for married couples. The bill currently has 21 additional cosponsors in the House.

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