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Lawmakers Reintroduce Universal Charitable Deduction Bill

In January, Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) reintroduced the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act (H.R. 651), a bill that would allow nonitemizing taxpayers deduct charitable gifts without a limitation.

In a press release announcing the bill, Rep. Smith stated, "Many Americans want to give generously to charities, but they may not be able to afford to do so now with the changes implemented in the 2018 tax law." Rep. Cuellar noted, "This bipartisan bill not only encourages us to help our fellow neighbors, but it also makes sure that taxpayers can receive their due deduction for charitable giving if they choose not to itemize."

CASE, along with the Charitable Giving Coalition, supports H.R. 651 and appreciates Reps. Cuellar and Smith's continued leadership on this issue. A universal charitable deduction will incentivize all taxpayers, regardless of income, to give generously to educational institutions and other charitable organizations.

The bipartisan bill already has 7 additional cosponsors in the House: Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and John Curtis (R-UT). In the 115th Congress, the bill totaled 5 cosponsors.

For more information on the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act and the Universal Charitable Giving Act, visit the CASE Advocacy Action Center. You can also join the CASE Advocacy Network.

This article is from the February 2019 BriefCASE issue.

Member Profile: Carrie White

Carrie White is vice president of advancement services at the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

Carrie White is vice president of advancement services at the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

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