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14 April 2011 @ 06:50 pm
Planned Parenthood  

We're waiting to hear on the Senate's vote, but in the meantime, please note the following:

I have been up and down and all around the internet, and no matter where I go or how hard I search, nobody seems to know the answer to the following question:

Does the GOP's measure to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood also include revoking its tax-exempt status?

It's listed nowhere in the bill itself.  It's nowhere in the news.  Is that a loophole, an oversight, is it enough of a different kind of measure that it must be passed separately?  I have no idea.

But for the meantime, and most definitely at present:

Planned Parenthood is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

What this means is, they are a bone fide charitable organization, which means donations to Planned Parenthood are deductible from your federal taxes.

If the government decides to revoke federal support for Planned Parenthood, then stop giving the government your money.  Give it to Planned Parenthood, get a receipt, deduct it, and make the government give you that money back... with a record of just exactly where you chose to put it.

There are some states which have revoked PP's tax deduction, but they can't decide what PP's status is for the entire country, and the feds are the ones taking most of the money from your paycheck.

I know it's hard to give essentially a double-tax all year (unless you can guesstimate better than I can and manage to work it out to zero) and then get the backpay in your refund.  But it's worth it.  We can speak at the voting booth, but please don't forget, we can also speak with our money.

You do have a choice where your tax dollars go.  As long as PP retains its status, you don't have to LET Congress redirect your taxes to something else.

Please note -- and you can find out more from the local branch section on the Planned Parenthood website, because they appear to have state-by-state divisions -- that donations to Planned Parenthood's Action Fund are not deductible, because it is a political activism fund.  You can still donate to them and consider it effective activism, but you won't be able to seize back your taxes by doing so.

Also note that this goes for other things, too.  If you don't like the way the Feds are spending your money, then give it to someone you consider more deserving.  Just check for that 501(c)(3) status.
blackchaps: Will ? by Cammielblackchaps on April 14th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
I heard some nutball wanted to revoke their status, but it's not in a bill or up for serious considerations because I think we'd have to re-write the tax code.

Stupid repugs.
sleepygoof8784: Zach and Kark Suited Upsleepygoof8784 on April 15th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
I heard from somewhere (I can't remember now) that the part about revoking the 501(c)(3) status got cut.

Also, love this reminder to put money into causes you believe in. :D