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H.R. 1260: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the charitable deduction to all taxpayers regardless of whether a taxpayer itemizes deductions in order to encourage and increase charitable giving.

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 14, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1260

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 14, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the charitable deduction to all taxpayers regardless of whether a taxpayer itemizes deductions in order to encourage and increase charitable giving.

1.

Universal deduction for charitable giving

(a)

In general

Section 62(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after paragraph (21) the following new paragraph:

(22)

Charitable contributions

The deduction allowed by section 170 (reduced by the portion thereof disallowed under section 68).

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(b)

Application of overall limitation on itemized deductions

Section 68 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(g)

Application to deduction for charitable contributions

(1)

In general

For purposes of this section, the deduction allowed by section 170 shall be treated as an itemized deduction.

(2)

Application of limitation to above-the-line deduction

For purposes of section 62(a)(22), the portion of the deduction allowed by section 170 for any taxable year which is disallowed under this section is the portion bearing the same ratio as—

(A)

the amount of the reduction under subsection (a) for such taxable year, bears to

(B)

the amount of the itemized deductions otherwise allowable for such taxable year.

.

(c)

Conforming amendment

Section 170(b)(1)(H) of such Code is amended by inserting this section and after computed without regard to.

(d)

Effective date

(1)

In general

The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

Cross reference

For suspension of the application of section 68 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (including the amendments to such section made by subsection (b)), see section 68(f) of such Code.