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Federal Legislation & Issues

Federal Tax Reform

Federal Tax Reform has been a priority for Congress for years. The U.S. House of RepresentativesU.S. Senate, and White House have each put out their own frameworks for tax reform calling for major changes to tax rates, the standard deduction, itemized deductions, and various tax credits. Administration and Republican congressional leaders’ long-awaited “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code,” released September 27, 2017, started the tax reform process that had been promised since January. On November 2, the House released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). The Senate released its own version of the Tax Cuts and Job Act(Senate Committee on Finance Chairman’s Mark) the following week and Chairman’s Modified Mark shortly thereafter. See the House-Senate Comparison

Why it Matters

All of the versions of tax reform, assert a goal of keeping the tax deductions for charitable donations, but experts have determined that they would all reduce its value, because the number of people eligible to take advantage of the tax incentives would drop to only five percent of taxpayers (down from more than 30 percent of taxpayers). The tax committees will be “encouraged to retain tax incentives for higher education, retirement and work.”

Michigan Nonprofit Association Opposes Efforts to Politicize Charitable Nonprofits and Foundations

21 March 2017
Michigan Nonprofit Association joins with other leaders of our charitable nonprofit sector in opposing efforts through legislation or Executive Order to eliminate or weaken the Johnson Amendment that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities. 501(c)(3) organizations should remain above the political fray, advocating and informing but not engaging in political activity.

MNA's full position statement is available here.

Click here to sign on to the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship from the National Council of Nonprofits.

Nonprofit Advocacy Matters

The National Council of Nonprofits provides MNA's members access to public policy, training, and education resources at the national level. Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is a bi-weekly newsletter on policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector. Click here to access the most recent issue of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters.