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20 Mar 2008 | Congressional Correspondence | National Publication | News story | 4 comments
In a March 14, 2008 letter to acting IRS Commissioner Linda Stiff, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT) has expressed concerns and asked the Service to explain the basis on which it formed a "reasonable belief" that the United Church of Christ violated the...

The Senate Finance Committee has issued a release in which it summarizes the tax provisions included in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Charitable components include the IRA Rollover Provision, Basis Adjustment to Stock of an S Corporation Making...


A bipartisan group of six senators has released a summary of a plan consistent with the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission that will reduce the nation's deficits by $3.7 trillion/$3.6 trillion over ten years under CBO's March...


According to a November 9 Democratic analysis, a proposal submitted by "Super Committee" member Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., would reduce itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction by 75-percent, and would cut personal exemptions,...


The Senate Finance Committee has released a summary of its approved version of the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012 tax extenders package. Charitable provisions included within the package are two year extensions of the provisions that...

29 Sep 2009 | Congressional Correspondence | National Publication | News story | 5 comments
A coalition representing a broad cross-section of charities across the country has sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, D-MT, urging him to protect the value of the charitable deduction. A number of amendments to the America's Healthy Future Act...
Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Committee on Finance, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member, have written to four ministries to urge cooperation with an earlier information request from Grassley. Baucus and Grassley lead the committee with exclusive Senate...
On January 15, 2010, House leaders Rangel, Camp, Clyburn and Cantor introduced a bill that would allow taxpayers to claim a charitable deduction for the 2009 tax year for charitable contributions made for Haiti relief.
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Paulson, a bipartisan group of Texas legislators have expressed concern that Proposed Rulemaking regarding Type III Supporting Organizations will make it impossible for "historical" supporting organizations to meet the functional...
A group of Oklahoma lawmakers have submitted a letter to Treasury Secretary Paulson expressing their concerns over proposed rulemaking regarding non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations by suggesting that Treasury set a minimum annual payout...
2 Apr 2008 | Congressional Correspondence | National Publication | News story | 2 comments
Texas Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn have sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Paulson expressing their concerns about possible unintended consequences that may result from proposed rulemaking to historical supporting organizations. The letter comes in...
The House of Representatives on January 20th unanimously passed H.R. 4462, legislation that would allow individuals who make charitable contributions to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim an itemized charitable deduction on their 2009 tax return instead of...

Shortly following yesterday's successful House vote on a package that would extend the Bush era tax cuts for middle-class taxpayers, Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, D-MT, introduced the Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2010.

The Senate bill adds to...

The Joint Committee on Taxation on August 16th released its description of President Obama's fiscal year 2011 budget proposals. The proposals include making permanent and modifying certain tax cuts from 2001 and 2003; temporary recovery measures; tax cuts for...
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has forwarded to Treasury for review correspondence sent to him by a constituent. The constituent, who is a Certified Personal Property Appraiser, recommends that appraisers and appraisals of personal property for federal estate...
Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Finance Committee, is asking for data to gauge how a proposed change to private foundation excise taxes would affect foundation pay-out rates. Grassley said Congress should have such information at hand before voting on the...

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, Senate Finance Committee member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has requested that Treasury complete its study on what he believes to be an exploitive tax loophole...

16 Nov 2011 | Congressional Correspondence | National Publication | News story | 1 comments

The American Council on Gift Annuities has issued a Statement for the Record of the Senate Finance Committee’s 10/18/11 hearing: Tax Reform Options — Incentives for Charitable Giving. Prepared by attorney Conrad Teitell, the statement focuses on and...


The Joint Committee on Taxation has published a list of expiring tax provisions for 2011 through 2012. Charitable provisions that expired on December 31, 2011 include enhanced charitable deductions for contributions of food inventory, book inventories to public...


Writing in his capacity as pro bono counsel on behalf of the American Counsel on Gift Annuities, Conrad Teitell, LL.B., LL.M., has prepared a statement for the Record of the Select Revenue Measures House Ways and Means Subcommittee’s 4/26/12 hearing:...

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Define: Congressional Correspondence

Congressional correspondence includes all written communications sent to or received from Members of Congress, congressional committees, staff members, individuals, and organizations whose correspondence has been forwarded by a Member of Congress for assistance in preparing a reply.

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