Government leaders are considering proposals that would limit charitable tax donation deductions.
One proposal would set an annual dollar cap (between $17,000 and $50,000), leaving less room for donors to deduct their charitable contributions.
Another proposal would limit itemized deductions, including gifts to charity, to 28 percent for taxpayers in the top tax bracket. Nonprofit advocates say the proposal could reduce donations by $9-billion annually.
Government officials estimate that the limit could bring in $321-billion in additional revenue through 2021, according to the Tax Policy Center.
But not everyone agrees this is the right move. The Hill's Congress blog reports, “Virtually every state has concluded that the support that charitable nonprofits provide to their communities, made possible by charitable donations, is too important to risk limiting the tax incentives.”
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.