Dan Busby, president of ECFA, submitted written comments today to the House Ways & Means Committee, urging members of Congress to preserve— and expand—current charitable giving incentives in undertaking comprehensive tax reform.
The written comments were filed subsequent to the Committee’s February 14 hearing on “Tax Reform and Charitable Contributions,” allowing ECFA the opportunity to respond to various ideas and proposals presented during the in-person testimony of more than 40 nonprofit leaders, researchers, and scholars.
Testimony at the hearing focused little on the issue of how proposed reforms to historic giving incentives like the charitable contribution deduction would directly impact religious organizations, which every year receive the greatest overall share of charitable contributions and, as such, serve as the leading non-government provider of social services in the United States. Through the lens of ECFA’s 1,700 plus member organizations, Dan Busby’s written comments shed light on the great diversity within the religious nonprofit sector and the tremendous value these organizations provide to society.
Dan concludes, “Especially during tough economic times, it benefits the government and the American people to have a thriving charitable sector. Government should continue to encourage individuals who, rather than consume more, decide to sacrificially serve and give to improve their communities. Instead of reducing or eliminating the existing charitable contribution deduction, Congress should explore additional ways that it could further incentivize giving to the charitable community in undertaking comprehensive tax reform.”
A copy of the written comments submitted to the Committee can be accessed here.
For more coverage of this topic, see ECFA’s latest podcast and Dan’s recent article in Crosswalk on the charitable contribution deduction and churches.