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Take Action on Charitable Tax Extenders (2014)

UPDATED! -- Take Action

Listed below are a number of ways you, as constituents, can engage with your Members of Congress to urge them to take immediate action on the Supporting America's Charities Act (H.R. 5806) a brand new bill that includes three of the provisions that were part of H.R. 4719 (see more about H.R. 4719 below). This new legislation permanently enacts three expired tax extenders that support the critical work of nonprofit organizations across the country.

Without legislative action prior to the end of the year and the 113th Congress, the tax extender provisions will expire again in January, and the House-passed bill to make them permanent will become defunct.

  1. Send a letter. In 30 seconds or less, you can send a letter directly to your Senators and Representatives, using draft language we have created especially for this issue. Enter your zip code here to begin.

  2. Engage on social media. Urge your Members of Congress, as well as leaders of both chambers and their powerful tax-writing committees, to support #HR5806 on Twitter and Facebook, and encourage your friends and colleagues to drive up traffic by "liking" or re-Tweeting your posts.

    Sample tweet: "@SpeakerBoehner I stand w/ @IndSector & support permanent charitable tax extenders Pass extenders now! #protectgiving

    @SenateFinance (Dems)

    @WaysMeansCmte (Dems)

  3. Call or request a brief meeting. Look up the contact information for your Senators and Representative and leave a message or request a meeting with their staff to discuss the importance of H.R. 5806 to your organization's work. (See how they voted on similar bills here.) Explain how charitable tax extenders make possible the vital work carried out by nonprofits in their district or state. Here are some useful resources to consider:

    • An open letter, also published in POLITICO on December 3, urging the president and leaders in Congress to make permanent charitable tax extenders in the spirit of #GivingTuesday
    • A letter signed by over 1,030 organizations In November that articulates the need for permanent reinstatement of the charitable tax extenders
    • A one-pager on the IRA Charitable Rollover provision
    • A profile of the community and economic impact of the nonprofit sector in your state
    • A recording of the Aug. 5 strategy session on charitable tax extenders
    • A webinar on how to conduct an effective meeting with elected officials (purchase required)
    • More information about these three charitable tax extenders.

  4. Submit an opinion piece to your local newspaper. Highlight the importance of charitable tax incentives to the work of nonprofits in your area by sending in an op-ed to your local newspaper. Feel free to borrow language from this sample op-ed written for this specific issue.

About H.R. 4719

On July 17, 2014 the House of Representatives passed by 277-130 the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719), a package of five charitable provisions that would:

The House Ways and Means approved these provisions as five separate bills during a markup on May 29.

In the Senate, legislation that would renew for two years nearly all of the 55 provisions in the tax extenders package, including the three charitable extenders that expired January 1, stalled due to a disagreement over the amendment process.

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