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Letter: Preserve charity, oppose tax bill

By JoAnn Crabtree, Vancouver
Published: December 13, 2017, 6:00am

As a longtime resident of Southwest Washington, working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector, I am deeply concerned about the tax reform proposal being considered in Congress. If passed as written, the wording in both the House and Senate bills would greatly limit the number of people who would be able to itemize charitable deductions. And, as written, the House bill would repeal the Johnson Amendment which would open up essential nonpartisan nonprofit work to partisan politics.

The Johnson Amendment ensures nonprofit funding goes to the core mission of each organization and not to support the campaigns of politicians. Both of these items have the potential to decimate nonprofit donations and budgets. Please contact Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground; Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and make your voice heard.

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