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HR 644 - Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 - National Key Vote

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Title: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that extends the deadline by which Congress is required to pass the budget bill until December 16, 2015.

Highlights:

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Title: America Gives More Act of 2015

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that extends tax deductions for certain charitable contributions and tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts for charitable purposes indefinitely.

Highlights:

  • Amends the tax deduction for charitable contributions of “apparently wholesome food” in the following ways (Sec. 2):
    • Authorizes the deduction to apply to contributions made after December 31, 2013; and
    • Increases the percentage of a taxpayer’s income that may be deducted from 10 percent to 15 percent.
  • Authorizes an individual to omit up to $100,000 from taxable income for contributions from certain retirement accounts made before January 1, 2014, and after December 31, 2014 (Sec. 3).
  • Amends the tax deduction for “qualified conservation contributions” made by individuals and qualified corporate farmers and ranchers in the following ways (Sec. 4):
    • Authorizes the deduction to apply to contributions made after December 31, 2013; and
    • Expands eligibility of the deduction to include a “native corporation” that contributes property which was surveyed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
  • Reduces the excise tax for a private foundation that is exempt from taxation from 2 percent to 1 percent of its net investment income for the taxable year, effective for tax years beginning after the date of enactment of this Act (Sec. 5).

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