Key Senators Advancing 'Blank Slate' Tax Overhaul

The charitable tax deduction will need the expressed support of legislators to stay in a possible re-write of the tax code as leaders of the Senate’s panel overseeing tax law are taking a “blank slate” approach to comprehensive tax reform. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently announced this approach and called on their colleagues to give defenses for tax policies to add back into a reconstructed tax code.

Senators Baucus and Hatch wrote to their Senate colleagues, “This blank-slate is not, of course, the end product…. Indeed, we both believe that some existing tax expenditures should be preserved in some form. But the tax code is also littered with preferences for special interests.” They suggest that provisions only be retained that “(1) help grow the economy, (2) make the tax code fairer, or (3) effectively promote other important policy objectives.”

NRB continues to raise its voice on behalf of the charitable tax deduction. NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright has repeatedly declared the charitable deduction to be a proven policy for nearly a century and has noted, “Many of our members are non-profit organizations that not only powerfully illuminate public needs, but directly work to help the hungry, hurting, addicted, and vulnerable in the United States and abroad.” He has asserted that any diminishment of the charitable deduction could be potentially “devastating to their efforts.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: July 12, 2013