33 Senators Sign Letter in Support of Charitable Tax Deduction
Nearly three dozen lawmakers have signed a letter calling on Congress to preserve the “full value and scope” of the charitable tax deduction. Charitable donations are an important source of funding for many addiction and mental health treatment organizations, but rumors have surfaced that the charitable tax deduction may be at risk in proposed legislation for a comprehensive overhaul of the US tax code.
Seventeen Republicans and sixteen Democrats signed the letter, which was authored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jon Thune (R-SD). The letter is addressed to the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees tax policy in the Senate.
“We write to you to underscore the importance of protecting the full value and scope of the charitable deduction during a comprehensive rewrite of the tax code,” Wyden and Thune wrote in the letter. “Analysis has repeatedly shown that proposals to cut, cap, or limit the charitable deduction could cause charitable donations to decline by billions of dollars annually. Worse yet, weakening the charitable deduction would most hurt the adults and children who receive vital charitable services from organizations like soup kitchens, after-school programs, and medical research projects, just to name a few.”
Wyden and Thune are both members of the Senate Finance Committee, with Wyden widely expected to replace Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)—who was recently nominated to be the next ambassador to China—as the next chairman of the committee.
Thune and Wyden were joined by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), John Hoeven (R-ND), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Mark Kirk (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Carl Levin (D-MI), Edward Markey (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tim Scott (R-SC), Jean Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mark Udall (D-CO), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).