A statement from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) introduced Nov. 2, 2017
The nonprofit health and human services sector has a long history of working in partnership with government at the federal, state, and local levels to meet basic human needs and support individuals, families, and communities in building and sustaining their well-being.
The success of our nation is dependent upon our level of investment in human potential. Unfortunately, there is too great a gap between what it takes to build up our nation’s people—our country’s greatest asset—and what is proposed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced today in the House. Of greatest concern is the cumulative impact of a significant drop in charitable giving resulting from changes in the tax code along with the threat of budget cuts across health and human services sector to pay for the proposal. Changes to the tax code must be driven by evidence and data, consider opportunity costs, and not enacted at the expense of human services programs that build and sustain our current and future taxpayers.
We call on Congress to:
- Ensure that tax reform does not increase the federal deficit at the expense of federally-supported programs that build well-being for children, families, and communities.
- Ensure that tax reform does not take away important incentives for charitable giving. As released today, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would mean that 95 percent of American’s charitable giving would be taxed, thus reducing the incentive to give.
On behalf of the Alliance strategic action network, we are monitoring tax reform as proposals make their way through Congress and will continue partnering with other national organizations.
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The Alliance partners closely with Independent Sector and the National Council of Nonprofits in our efforts to protect charitable giving and preserve the Johnson Amendment, which shields nonprofits and houses of worship from political operatives soliciting them for endorsements. Read the statements from these two national organizations:
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