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Tax Proposal Released; Charitable Giving Endangered

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives released the text of their long-awaited tax overhaul proposal, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the legislation preserves the charitable deduction, it makes other changes to the tax code that could reduce donations to museums and other nonprofits by a remarkable $13 billion per year. Legislators need to hear how important charitable donations are to museums and the communities they serve.
Tell Congress: Protect Giving by Enacting a Universal Charitable Deduction
The increased standard deduction envisioned by this overhaul would effectively eliminate the charitable giving tax incentive for 30 million Americans. 
Republican leaders have set an ambitious timeline of passing a tax overhaul through the House of Representatives this month and enacting it into law by the end of the year, so time is of the essence.


The House Ways and Means Committee released a proposed tax reform bill that eliminates the federal historic tax credit (HTC) as part of a sweeping effort to both pay for tax cuts and simplify the tax code. While not unexpected, this policy proposal deals a significant blow to historic preservation. The HTC has a four-decade track record of success in saving our nation's historic buildings, creating over 2.4 million jobs, and actually generating revenue for the U.S. Treasury, returning $1.20 for every taxpayer dollar spent.

President Ronald Reagan praised the HTC as "economic good sense" by significantly leveraging private sector investment. Developers have completed over 42,000 challenging historic rehabilitation projects using the HTC. Without this powerful incentive, historic rehabilitation across the nation will halt, as will significant reinvestment in our communities.

Introduction of the House tax reform bill represents the beginning of a difficult legislative process. Please use the National Trust for Historic Preservation sample message to contact your members of Congress NOW to help save the historic tax credit.


The FY 2018 budget request to Congress included $23 million for administrative expenses to begin a closeout of operations of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) starting in Fiscal Year 2018. 

Contact your legislators to express your continued support for IMLS and other federal agencies facing elimination.

Tell Congress: Support Full Funding for IMLS Office of Museum Services

Tell Congress: Support NEA and NEH Funding

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About MPMA's Advocacy

MPMA staff and board members attend Museum Advocacy Day each year.

MPMA advocates for members at the regional and national level and represents the region at the AAM Council of Regional Associations (CRA). The CRA discusses and advises AAM on trends and issues from around the nation. 

MPMA members are encouraged to inform MPMA staff and board members about issues and trends from the field so they can be conveyed to this national body. 

Members are also encouraged to alert MPMA to any situation that may require helping public officials understand the beneficial role of museums in a local community or state.

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Economic Impact Statements demonstrate your museum's impact on your community to legislators and funders:  Samples

How To Guide: This is a step-by-step guide for making appointments and discussing issues.

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Advocacy Day

The annual Museums Advocacy Day takes place over two days, February 26-27, 2018, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Advocates from around the country are given issue briefings, political updates, and training on how to set up meetings with elected officials and successfully discuss matters of importance to the field. The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) hosts Advocacy Day and arranges all appointments in D.C.

More details for 2018 Museum Advocacy Day

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