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Proposed Changes to Deductions Could Curb Charitable Giving

Take action today to urge your Members of Congress to oppose any tax reforms that would harm charitable giving!

A recently formed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will consider changes to the tax code over the next few months. AFP is concerned that the committee’s tax reform efforts could include harmful changes to the itemized deduction, including the charitable deduction. Various entities, including the Obama Administration, have suggested proposals to alter itemized deductions such as a 28 percent cap on deductions for higher income individuals or a floor that would only allow a tax break for charitable contributions that exceed 2 percent of adjusted gross income.

For the past three years, the Administration has proposed a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions for individuals earning more than $200,000 and married couples earning more than $250,000. The President has attached this proposal to every one of his high-cost initiatives including healthcare reform, deficit reduction, a three-year AMT fix and, most recently, the jobs bill.

AFP's position is to oppose any proposed change to the itemized deduction (such as a cap or a floor) that would reduce charitable giving.

AFP is contacting the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, as well as the Senate Finance Committee, House Ways and Means Committee and House and Senate leaders, to discuss changes to itemized deductions and the potential negative impacts on charities and charitable giving.

Congress needs to hear from YOU!

AFP urges its members to educate their Members of Congress about this extremely important issue. As a constituent, you represent a key voice that will be heard. Please fill out the below form to send a letter to your House member and two Senators of your state.

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