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Jill on the Hill: Standing Up for the Charitable Tax Deduction

Fri, February 15, 2013

Jill On the Hill

This week, our own Jill Michal joined United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher, CEOs from state and local United Ways and dozens of nonprofit leaders from around the country to advocate for the protection of the charitable tax deduction on Capitol Hill. Her testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee comes a critical time, as Congress is making key decisions about the federal budget and tax reform.

The charitable tax deduction is a powerful incentive for giving in the United States, rewarding Americans for their commitment to others. In 2010, 1.9 million Pennsylvania residents filed return with more than $5.8 billion in charitable deductions (with an average contribution of $3,048). In New Jersey, 1.8 million residents filed returns with more than $5 billion in charitable deductions (with an average contribution of $2,730). This kind of individual generosity makes a world of difference in the nonprofit community’s ability to offer continued support to those who need it most.

In her remarks, Jill cautioned elected officials that any cap or reduction could negatively impact contributions, which would result in dire consequences for our social safety net and a nonprofit community already working so hard to do more, for more, with much less. She also reminded those in attendance that there are real people with real needs behind the dollars up for discussion, drawing on her own experience as a mentor to a local teenage girl to bring the life-changing work of United Way and our partners to life.

By championing the cause alongside so many others from around the country, Jill helped send a clear message to our elected officials about the critical role the charitable tax deduction plays in our ability to create measurable, lasting impact for the people in our region.

Watch Jill’s testimony here (begins at 1:38:06). To learn more about United Way’s advocacy work, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org/advocate.