House Passage of Its Tax Bill Demonstrates Congress’ Disregard for Their Constituents and the Work of Charitable Nonprofits

House Passage of Its Tax Bill Demonstrates Congress’ Disregard for Their Constituents and the Work of Charitable Nonprofits

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Washington, DC - Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, which advocates on behalf the work of charitable nonprofits nationwide, released the following statement on the passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act in the House:

“Others will debate whether this is a package of tax cuts for the middle class or for the wealthiest one-percent of taxpayers. What is not debatable is the grievous harm this bill will inflict on the work of charitable nonprofits and the people who rely on them.

“On the issue of the Johnson Amendment, the longstanding law that has kept toxic political electioneering away from charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations, the House has chosen to ignore the will of the people who have rallied to say they don’t want this radical change. If the voices of more than 5,500 nonprofits and foundations, more than 4,200 faith leaders, more than 100 religious and denominational organizations, the state law enforcement officials who focus on regulating nonprofits, 72 percent of the American public, and 89 percent of Evangelical pastors aren’t enough, what is? Apparently, just the voices of a few people with deep pockets who will benefit when their billions of dollars in political campaign contributions become tax-deductible and hidden from public view.

“People back home in their districts are benefitting from the work of nonprofits every day. And this bill will make it much harder for those nonprofits to do their work. In addition to the harm to public trust caused by weakening the Johnson Amendment, nonprofits will also have to deal with huge reductions in resources as the House bill denies 95 percent of Americans the ability to take charitable deductions, resulting in a devastating loss of more than $13 billion in giving each and every year. That means millions of people back in Representatives' home districts will no longer be able to turn to nonprofits for assistance.

“The House-passed version of H.R. 1 is an insult to the people of this country. We hope Senators will heed the voices of the people who elected them and fix these harmful provisions before lasting and profound damage is done.”

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The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and through the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – with 25,000-plus organizational members - we identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

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