MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Bill 1485 is
scheduled May 16, 2018, to be
considered by the Senate Governance &
Millions Of Dollars - $ 20 Bills
Not More Government
Polling indicates that 74
percent of voters would prefer to see their money go to charities they trust
rather than to government. The same poll found that 88 percent also support making
it easier for taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions. Besides, it is
Senate Bill 1485 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga)
would give Californians this greater flexibility by creating the California
Universal Charitable Credit (UCC), allowing individual California taxpayers to
direct up to $500 of their state income taxes to nonprofits that provide public
services. Couples filing jointly would be able to claim donations up to $1,000.
Unlike a deduction,
which is often no more than 25 percent of the donation, the credit is
dollar-for-dollar. For every dollar
that California taxpayers donate to nonprofits, one dollar will be taken off of
their state tax bill.
SB 1485 is modeled after
an Arizona Law which, since 1997, has allowed taxpayers to direct more of their
money to programs and charities that they believe do the most effective job of
serving vulnerable members of their communities.
The Arizona Charitable Credit has become a
major source of funding for qualified nonprofits. Over 20 years, Arizona
taxpayers have donated more than $250 million to charities that work to help
Public services of
acceptable quality are often not available to people who need them the most.
Yet, there are many nonprofit organizations that already provide excellent
services to their communities in California.
Universal Charitable Credit
"I've had the
opportunity to support and partner with several nonprofits that provide direct
relief to our communities," said Morrell. "They know best the needs
that are on the ground and are often the first that can respond during
challenging times. Government can't do everything. The state should strengthen
this network by allowing taxpayers to direct more of their hard-earned dollars
to organizations they are confident will deliver results."
SB 1485 is
supported by the organization We Do Better, whose mission is
to "promote the freedom and well-being of all Americans by maximizing the
quality and accessibility of public services and accountability in their
Morrell authored similar
legislation in 2014 that was blocked by legislative Democrats. Senator Mike Morrell represents the
23rd Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of
San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties.
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