action Alert: Grassroots Engagement Around Tax Reform


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From: Anthony Stephens via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 8:37 PM
To: leadership
Subject: [leadership] action Alert: Grassroots Engagement Around Tax Reform


Greetings ACB Leaders:


As many of you may know, the House of Representatives introduced several days ago its tax overhaul plan, introduced as an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 1, referred to as the   Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017.  This legislative proposal is the largest tax reform bill since 1986, and will make significant reform to our country’s tax code.


There exists many key items of interest for both Americans who are blind and for nonprofit organizations.  Two items targeted for repeal that are of particular concern include the standard blind deduction and medical expense deductions.  these two tax deductions have been historically useful for reducing an individual’s or married couple's tax burden.  These two deductions are among many deductions being phased out. 


It is important that affiliate leaders reach out to their Members of Congress to express deep concerns over any legislative proposal that would increase the tax burden of any vulnerable population, drawing attention to these two important tax provisions that reduce the amount of taxable income for many Americans who are blind.


to find out your Member of Congress’ contact information, visit: You can also call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Switchboard operators can determine your appropriate Member of Congress and connect you to their office.



CNBC has an easy to digest breakdown on the overall impact of the legislation:


Other items of concern include traditional tax incentives for charitable giving to nonprofits like the estate Tax and incentives for employers to make their workplaces more accessible as with the Work Opportunity Tax credit. Both of these items are also listed among those being repealed. The senate is expected to introduce their tax proposal later this week. Stay tuned for more information as we gather additional insight and analysis into the impact this legislation will have. Congress hopes to move on these measures before the Thanksgiving recess. Feel free to reach out with any questions, and thanks for your ongoing advocacy on this issue.




Tony Stephens

Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs

American council of the Blind

1703 N. Beauregard Street, #420

Alexandria, VA 22311

T: 202-467-5081

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