Why the TCJA Spells Trouble for Charities

A critical review of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

By Laura Solomon and Emily Christian

Charitable organizations feared the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — for good reason. We now know how the act directly affected charities and how it has nega- tively impacted donors, and therefore charities, indi- rectly. This article provides a brief overview of the three changes that directly affect tax-exempt, charitable organizations, and four that impact their donors. It also highlights certain provisions that did not make it into the act and provides resources to learn more about the act and ongoing efforts to repeal portions of it.

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