November 20, 2015
Nonprofits are pushing for Congress to make key components of the America Gives More Act permanent in an effort strengthen nonprofits in their communities. In addition to supporting those charitable, the America Gives More Act simplifies the excise tax private foundations pay, releasing more funds to nonprofit budgets.
Each of the components of the America Gives More Act are necessary to fortify the vital work of community nonprofits. Here is a breakdown of each key component, courtesy of The National Council of Nonprofits:
■ The food donation tax deduction provision would raise the cap on giving and allow small businesses donating wholesome excess food to a qualified nonprofit to take the same enhanced tax deduction C corporations have been permitted since 1976.
■ The enhanced tax deduction for conservation easement donations have helped America’s land trusts work with farmers, ranchers, and other modest-income landowners to increase voluntary land conservation by a third, to over a million acres a year when the tax incentive is in effect.
■ The IRA charitable rollover option, which allowed individual taxpayers aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) directly to charitable nonprofits, has provided needed support for the work of social service programs, religious organizations, arts and cultural institutions, schools, healthcare providers, and other charitable organizations — all of which benefit Americans across the country.
Advocacy organizations have presented a call to action for nonprofits to put pressure on their State representatives and Senators, insisting key components of the America Gives More Act be included and become permanent in any tax bill passed this year. To learn more about the America Gives More Act 2015 and how you can take action, visit www.councilofnonprofits.org
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