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house Bill H.R. 1527

Extending the Deadline for Tax-Deductible Donations To The Families Of NYPD Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos

Argument in favor

This is a good way to encourage donations to the families of the fallen NYPD detectives, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, to be made as soon as possible. It also rewards those people for their support.

Cary's Opinion
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03/26/2015
December 2014 was not enough time for some people to donate. Extending the time to April 15th, 2015 makes sense.
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03/25/2015
Yes, but for future references legislation should drafted that will fix the boundaries for such events in order to provide a uniform code of tax deductible applications.
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Cathy's Opinion
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08/03/2015
I don't think it'd hurt anything to extend the time for donations.
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Argument opposed

While this may encourage more people to help the fallen detectives families, there’s plenty of other fallen police officers, firefighters, and soldiers whose families won’t benefit from this legislation.

John's Opinion
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03/26/2015
Why is the Congress of the United States micromanaging tax deductions? If it's going to apply to two individuals, let it apply to all cops who fall in the line of duty.
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Kim's Opinion
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03/27/2015
This legislation is too narrow, too specific and does little good.
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jrs333's Opinion
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03/26/2015
One million in donations is plenty. I think more donations should be taxable.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1527?

This bill would extend the deadline for tax-deductible donations for people who donate to the families of murdered NYPD Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, and treat donations made during 2015 as if they had been made in 2014.


NYPD Detectives, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed in December 2014 a murder-suicide at the hands of gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley. A man with a long history of criminal behavior and mental illness,  Brinsley approached the pair of detectives in their patrol car, and shot several rounds into the car, killing both Liu and Ramos. Before the killing, Brinsley took to his Instagram account, posting a picture of a gun and misspellings and all wrote: “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours......Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMikeBrown.”

As the New York Times explains:
"The double killing comes at a moment when protests over police tactics have roiled the city and other parts of the nation. Since a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges in the case of Mr. Garner, a black Staten Island man who died after a police chokehold in July, protesters have filled the streets on numerous occasions. Those protests followed more violent ones in Ferguson, Mo., after there were no charges in the police shooting of Mr. Brown, an unarmed black teenager."

Under this legislation, donors would have through April 15 to deduct the donation from their 2014 tax return, and this legislation would retroactively come into effect on January 1, 2015.

Impact

The relatives of Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, people who donate to charitable organizations supporting them, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1527

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

As of January 2015, more than $800,000 had been donated to the families of Liu and Ramos, with $150,000 in pledges on the way. The New York Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City also raised significant donations for the detectives’ families, and other organizations that support the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Press Release

New York Daily News

National Association of Police Organizations (In Favor)

New York Times (Context)

Summary by Eric Revell

AKA

Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015

Official Title

To accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of the families of New York Police Department Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedApril 1st, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 27th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed March 25th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 23rd, 2015

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