Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II seeks input from places of worship and charitable organizations who have been impacted by a provision included in the GOP Tax Bill. The Tax Bill and Jobs Act now requires churches, synagogues, and other nonprofit organizations to begin paying a 21 percent tax in January 2019 on some benefits including transportation, meals and parking.
On Monday, August 27th, Congressman Cleaver hosted an informational meeting regarding the new tax provision. Congressman Cleaver invited the senior counsel from the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means to help answer questions and address concerns regarding the new tax on places of worship and charitable organizations.
Based upon conversations earlier this week, many leaders were not aware of these changes and some feared the financial impact it would have on their organization.
Leaders of places of worship, charities, and nonprofit organizations can log on to Congressman Cleaver’s website at www.cleaver.house.gov , under the “Serving You” tab, to complete a survey to voice their concerns about the new tax provision.
“This is something clergy and charitable organizations have never had to deal with before. I just want to make sure I am hearing from my constituents about how they are impacted by this,” said Congressman Cleaver.
In conjunction with other House members, Congressman Cleaver co-sponsored H.R. 6504, a bill introduced in the House by Representative James E. Clyburn, commonly known as the “Stop the Tax Hike on Charities and Places of Worship Act”. This bill would repeal the provision.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.