Friday, April 12, 2013

Thinking harder about taxes and philanthropy

Here's an event worth watching (or attending if you are in DC)

The Charitable Deduction in American Political Thought

"The charitable contribution deduction is in peril, a potential casualty in the looming budget wars of 2013," notes attorney Alex Reid. One reason for that might be our surprisingly superficial understanding of the purposes and effects of the deduction. Most discussion focuses on its place in the tax code, its impact on the federal budget, or its immediate economic effect on giving.

On April 16, the Bradley Center will hold a different conversation about the deduction, one that explores its deepest dimensions as an expression of fundamental American political principles. Two recent essays set the stage wonderfully, and will be our "assigned reading": one, by Alex Reid, entitled "Renegotiating the Charitable Deduction," and the other by Rob Reich, entitled "Toward a Political Theory of Philanthropy." In addition to these authors, one of the nation’s foremost scholars of philanthropy, Stanley Katz of Princeton, will join the panel to provide an historical perspective. Hudson Institute Senior Fellow William Schambra will moderate the discussion.

Tuesday, April 16 - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Hudson Institute - Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th Street, NW - Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

Register online - click here.
Registration and a buffet lunch will open at 11:30 a.m.

Bradley Center events are streamed live online.
[You do not need to register to watch the panel discussion online.]
Please watch by clicking here.

Required Reading
Alex Reid, "Renegotiating the Charitable Deduction," Exempt Organizations Tax Review 71 (2013): 21-31.

To request a copy of Rob Reich's "Toward a Political Theory of Philanthropy," please email

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