|For Immediate Release
July 24, 2013
NRB Urges Senators to Continue Charitable Deduction
Don't Mess with a Century of Success
Manassas, VA – NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright this week sent letters to Senators who sit on the tax policy-writing Senate Finance Committee urging them to oppose proposals to diminish the charitable tax deduction, “a public policy that has proven its worth for nearly a century.”
“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,” wrote
Dr. Wright. “These organizations rely on charitable giving to serve their communities effectively, and any restriction of the charitable deduction could be devastating to their efforts.”
Earlier this year, the NRB Board of Directors, consisting of approximately 100 key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved a Resolution stating:
Suggestions have been made by Members of Congress and by Executive Branch officials,
that the charitable deduction be minimized or eliminated, and NRB believes that reducing
or eliminating the charitable deduction would have a devastating effect on non-profit
religious organizations and would destroy some ministries and would negatively impact
the good work of other ones that provide free services and great public benefits to their communities
and to the nation;
Board Members then called on the federal government not to harm this longstanding successful tax policy.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are taking a “blank slate” approach to comprehensive tax reform, and they have asked their Senate colleagues to give justifications for tax policies to add back into a reconstructed tax code by the end of this week.
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