New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Comments on Proposed IRS Regulations on Contributions to Charitable Funds

October 18, 2018

Last week, NYSSBA, alongside fellow education advocates, school districts, municipal groups and their members formed the Coalition for the Charitable Contribution Deduction (3CD) for the purpose of providing comments to the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS regarding the August 23 proposed regulations governing tax deductibility of charitable giving. The proposed regulations would in most cases deny a full charitable deduction to a taxpayer who makes a contribution to a charitable fund and subsequently receives a state or local tax credit. Instead, the taxpayer would lose a portion of the deduction equal to the extent of the tax credit he or she received at the state or local level.

The group hopes to persuade the federal government to withdraw the regulations and preserve full deductibility for voluntary contributions made by individuals to charitable funds established by counties, municipalities and school districts in a number of states.

The Coalition for the Charitable Contribution Deduction (3CD) letter (to which NYSSBA is a signatory) can be viewed below.

Polling-Site Testimony

On October 1st, NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team provided testimony at a public hearing in Albany. The hearing, held at the request of Senators Gallivan and Akshar, Chairpersons of the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Elections Committees, addressed Governor Cuomo's Executive Order allowing conditional pardons, enabling certain parolees to vote and the implications of that executive order.

One area of focus was safety issues that can be caused by school districts being used as polling places. NYSSBA has advocated for several years that school districts should be provided greater autonomy over when and how their facilities are used as polling places. Recent legislation, S.9155/A.11356 introduced by Senator Elaine Phillips and Assemblyman Anthony D'Urso would allow school districts to decline their designation if they have safety concerns.

NYSSBA's full testimony and memorandum in support of the bill can be viewed below.

2018 Annual Business Meeting

The 2018 Annual Business Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York Ballroom, 3rd Floor.  If your district has not registered a delegate or has any questions about the meeting or plans to submit an amendment or a late resolution, please contact Danielle Grasso at as soon as possible.

The Voting Delegates' Guide is available at the link below.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues.  For more information, visit our Key Issues Page.

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