Jewish Federations Encourage Protection of Charitable Giving Incentives Following State of the Union

During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed tax reforms that pointedly do not change the way charitable contributions are treated by the tax code.

Jewish Federations Strongly Criticize New Tax Reform Proposal

Washington, D.C. – Today, a new tax reform plan was unveiled in the House of Representatives that could significantly decrease contributions to America’s charities. The Jewish Federations of North America questioned the need for several provisions that would negatively impact giving in the bill proposed by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), saying that the proposal would impact the ability of the charitable sector to help those most in need.

Reform Jewish Leader Comments on Senate Tax Reform

As the Senate Finance Committee began a serious discussion of tax reform led by Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, sent the letter below to Senators reflecting on key provisions in the tax code that ensure progressivity, including the EITC, charitable deduction, estate tax and parsonage exemption.