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H.R. 6616: Everyday Philanthropist Act

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Americans donated $410 billion to charity last year, but would you like to receive a tax break for donating to charity?

Only one-third of Americans are right now. This bill could change that.


Under current law, only Americans who itemize their tax returns are eligible to receive tax breaks for donating to charities or nonprofits. Those who take the standard deduction instead are generally ineligible.

The problem is that the people who itemize their returns skew much wealthier. Only one-third of Americans itemize.

“Under our current tax code, only ...

Sponsor and status

Erik Paulsen

Sponsor. Representative for Minnesota's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018
Length: 7 pages

Jul 26, 2018


Introduced on Jul 26, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 26, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 26, 2018

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H.R. 6616 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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