Comunicado de prensa (CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL): Bishops Urge Retention of Charitable Deduction, Other Tax Credits and Programs as Nation Approaches

WASHINGTON, C.C. (Diciembre 19, 2012)—”Catholic institutions rely on the charitable deduction to feed, house, clothe, educate, and care for millions of people around the world,” said the bishops who oversee the domestic and international justice and peace efforts of the U.S. Conferencia de obispos católicos (CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL), and should be protected in any final agreement to avoid thefiscal cliff.

In a December 14 letter to Congress, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, called the tax system animportant toolfor raising adequate revenue and fulfilling the responsibility of ensuring basic human needs, such as food, ropa, cuidado de la salud, work and education, are accessible to all people.

One way our tax system attempts to accomplish this is with the charitable deduction, which encourages taxpayers to support private charity, religión, y la educación,” the bishops wrote.

In their letter, Bishop Blaire and Bishop Pates also noted the importance of protecting the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, Emergency Unemployment Compensation, poverty-focused international assistance, and other programs thathelp guarantee basic human rights for millions of people.

Bishop Blaire also joined other Christian leaders of the Circle of Protection in releasing principles regarding the ongoing budget negotiations surrounding the fiscal cliff, and calling on Republicans and Democrats to adhere to the basic moral principle of protecting programs that serve low-income people. Circle of Protection leaders also called for protecting the charitable deduction.

Statistics on the number of people served by Catholic charities is available online: www.usccb.org/about/media-relations/statistics/health-care-social-service.cfm

The full text of the bishops’ letter is also available online: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/federal-budget/upload/federal-budget-letter-congress-2012-12-14.pdf

The Circle of Protection principles are available online at: http://circleofprotection.us/pdf/Fiscal%20Cliff%20COP%20Press%20Release_12%2019%2012.pdf

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FECHA: Diciembre 19, 2012
De: Don Clemmer
O: 202-541-3206
M: 260-580-1137

Palabras clave: Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, International Justice and Peace, Justicia Nacional y el desarrollo humano, CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL, ESTADOS UNIDOS. obispos, ESTADOS UNIDOS. Conferencia de obispos católicos, charitable deduction, Congreso, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax credit, Emergency Unemployment Compensation, poverty-focused international assistance, affordable housing and community development, Educación, workforce development, sequestration, budget, fiscal cliff, revenue, circle of protection

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