Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
|Location:||Donegal Presbyterian Church, 1891 Donegal Springs Rd, Mount Joy, PA US 17552-9617|
Led by Dr. Richard A. Witzke, Stewardship Elder for Eastminster Presbyterian Church, York, PA and Stewardship Chair for The Presbytery of Donegal
The charitable donations portion of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress on December 20, 2017, is creating uncertainty and confusion for churches, nonprofits and donors to these organizations. Organizations fear that the tax bill's increase in the standard deduction will cause people to reduce their charitable giving. The Council of Foundations, Arlington, Virginia, predicts a decrease of $16 - $24 billion in charitable giving every year.
This workshop will discuss the history of the standard deduction and concerns expressed in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other periodicals. Open classroom discussion will address the following questions and more. What motivates individuals and families to give to their church, to other nonprofits? What factors determine the size of their gifts? What is the Governments role through its national budget and tax policies as documents with regards to: defining what is moral or immoral, promoting the "common good of the country", and protecting the least among us? If couples find that by taking the new standard deduction of $24,000 actually leaves them with more money, will they consider spending some of that excess for charitable purposes? These Bible verses will guide our discussion: Mark 12:14, Luke 2:1-4, and 2 Corinthians 9:6-7.