Representatives Lamborn, Smith, and Cuellar Lead Bipartisan Nonprofit Letter

May 12, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Doug Lamborn, Chris Smith, and Henry Cuellar co-led a bipartisan letter with 13 of Members of Congress to House and Senate leadership requesting an expansion of universal charitable giving deductions for the 2021 tax year. The current cap established in the CARES Act for non-itemized charitable deductions is $300 dollars. If the current cap is raised or abolished, it will encourage taxpayers to give additional support to nonprofits. Charitable organizations are working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic and are more vital than ever. Non-profit organizations in the United States account for 10 percent of GDP and employ approximately 12 million workers.

"Colorado Springs is home to many significant nonprofits that employ hundreds of Coloradans. Nonprofits are at the forefront of every disaster relief effort and provide services across the United States and the entire globe,” said Congressman Lamborn. “During the coronavirus pandemic, these organizations serve as the backbone for our nation’s food banks, shelters, and domestic violence centers that provide help for our most vulnerable. As our economy focuses on rebuilding, it is vital that we remove the cap on charitable giving, and enable these organizations to support our communities."

"Non-profit organizations are on the forefront of providing assistance to vulnerable populations during these unprecedented times. However, nonprofits are financially struggling and worried if they will be able to keep their doors open through this public health and economic crisis,” said Congressman Cuellar“For this reason, we are urging House leadership to include our bipartisan bill, the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act, in the next legislative package. This bill will ensure Americans at all income levels can deduct their charitable gifts and continue giving back to our community. I am committed to supporting our country’s nonprofits so they can continue carrying out vital services for our communities during this pandemic, and beyond. I want to thank Congressman Smith and Congressman Lamborn for their leadership on this issue."

Read the full letter here.

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