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H.R. 651 (116th): Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act

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To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the deduction for charitable contributions as an above-the-line deduction.

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Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 17, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 17, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


35 Cosponsors (20 Democrats, 15 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>WOBM Story on Smith Tax Legislation</span>'Congressman Smith bill seeks to give taxpayers more flexibility to donate to charity'
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Apr 18, 2019

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Smiths bill would give taxpayers more flexibility to donate to charity</span>During Week after Tax Day, Smith and NJ Charitable Groups Stress Need for Legislative Solution
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Apr 17, 2019

<span class='\"kicker\"'>New bill would give taxpayers maximum flexibility to write off charitable contributions</span>Smith Honored for His Legislation to Fix Tax Law, Protect Charitable Organizations
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Mar 6, 2019

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Jan 17, 2019

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H.R. 651 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 651. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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