Minnesota nonprofits blast federal tax cut proposals

Minnesota nonprofits blast federal tax cut proposals

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More than two dozen nonprofits flooded reporters' email inboxes Tuesday morning with press releases in opposition to the tax proposals. Groups issuing statements included the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses in Minnesota, the Children's Defense Fund in Minnesota and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians — just to name a few.

Rebecca Lucero, public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, said the group helped organize the mass issuing of statements. Lucero's organization represents more than 2,000 nonprofits. She said the council is deeply concerned that reductions in tax incentives for charitable giving will lead some people to give less.

"The tax bill is a perfect storm of harm to nonprofits," Lucero said.

The council also opposes a proposal in the House tax bill that gets rid of a long-standing ban on nonprofits supporting candidates. That would open the door to anonymous donors giving money to nonprofits for political purposes and receiving a tax break in exchange.

Lucero added, "This fundamentally alters the state of nonprofits in this country to make this move."

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