Guest column: GOP tax bills harm charities, donors, society

first_imgRELATED: House Republicans consider adding some state income tax deductions to overhaul billAs widely reported in the press, the proposed tax “reforms” would essentially double the standard deduction thereby eliminating individual deductions by the vast majority of individuals, particularly including charitable donations.This will profoundly impact all nonprofits in the U.S. likely resulting in loss of billions of dollars of critical funding.This will threaten the survival of many fragile nonprofits and damage the safety net which is largely made up of nonprofits, particularly given government’s devolution of services to local communities.My interests here are first, as father of a permanently disabled daughter named Jennifer, and also as member of the Eastern New York Developmental Disabilities Advocates (ENYDDA). ENYDDA is an independent, all-volunteer organization founded in 2015 to advocate for disabled family members and educate the public on matters pertaining to the developmentally disabled. I am gravely concerned, along with many other parents, with the legislation’s impacts on all nonprofits, particularly including human service providers not only in this area but across the nation. While consulting with a tax professional is always recommended, donors can accelerate or expand their regular contributions or make major donations to the charity of their choice, in this tax year, before Dec. 31, 2017, before any changes in the tax law can take effect.Secondly, given the dramatic rise in the stock market, an opportunity to discuss with a tax advisor is to donate appreciated securities.This not only allows the deduction on the appreciated value but avoids or minimizes capital gains taxes which can be substantial.Such actions may make particular sense to maximize benefit to your favorite charity now– and lock in the tax savings before the next major stock market decline.While these steps can hardly compensate for the substantial damage to charities, donors and society the GOP legislation inflicts, they at least provide some incremental benefit to charities and donors alike, and in the process all communities which depend so heavily on the nonprofit sector and the services it so critically provides.Christopher Corbett is a nonprofit researcher and author of “Accountability and Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations” in the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance (2017, Springer International). The views expressed are the author’s alone. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Sure, the government and for-profit sectors are important. But it is the nonprofit sector that is largely responsible for America’s exceptionalism.That is, charities and nonprofits fill in many of the gaps and fulfill roles that neither government, nor for profits, are remotely capable of performing, particularly relating to critical health and human services.As noted by de Tocqueville, such institutions are responsible for our country’s most unique character.Under a substantially increased standard deduction, the vast majority of citizens will no longer be able to deduct charitable donations as they would not likely exceed the dramatically higher standard deduction.Yet nonprofit organizations are responsible for the very fabric of a civilized society and are an essential byproduct of our country’s longstanding freedom of association.Given the timing and partisan back-room dealing, there may be limited actions that can be taken at this point.However, there are steps donors can immediately take to reduce the risks of the new legislation.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionAfter reading Albert H. Hunt’s column in The Daily Gazette “Republicans’ haste leading to flawed tax legislation”, (Nov.  30, 2017), my reaction is the column substantially understates the damaging implications of this partisan legislation proposed under President Trump’s administration.The column fails to mention the great harm to charities and the whole nonprofit sector.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw levels the Giants in 9-0 victory

first_imgSeveral Dodgers broke out of slumps Tuesday. Chris Taylor went 2 for 4 on the heels of a three-strikeout performance the night before. Barnes’ seventh-inning single gave him his first RBI since May 26 and gave every Dodgers starting position player at least one hit. Joc Pederson led off the game with a home run, ending an 11-game homerless drought.The crushing blow: Hernandez’s slam against Giants reliever Trevor Gott, only the second home run Gott has surrendered in 26 appearances this season. Hernandez had been sitting on 10 home runs since June 4, long enough to have lost his grip on the starting second baseman’s job.Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo and Matt Beaty had two hits apiece before an announced crowd of 48,219 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers (49-25) won for the sixth time in 11 games against the Giants (31-40), who had won five of their last six.“You face a team twice in three starts, you try and get a little more creative probably, especially if you get hit around by a few guys,” Kershaw said. “Just try and be a little creative, mix up the game plan a little bit and hope it works out.”Giants right-hander Shaun Anderson (2-2) fell behind two pitches into his evening. Pederson’s 19th home run of the season traveled 391 feet to left field – his 15th leadoff home run as a Dodger, second in franchise history to Davey Lopes.The 1-0 lead didn’t last long. The next batter, Verdugo, dumped a single into left-center field and scored on a Justin Turner double.The Dodgers didn’t score again until the sixth inning, when Taylor laid down a safety squeeze that confounded the Giants’ defense with runners on first and third base. Max Muncy scored to make it 3-0.“That was a play that I wanted to see happen,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “To the players’ credit, they executed. It’s a situation where you want to tack on an extra run, put a little pressure on those guys. We executed perfectly, got a run, got an RBI, and he got a base hit out of it. Really good baseball play.”By scoring six runs in the seventh inning, the Dodgers were able to save their best bullpen arms. Dylan Floro pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Joe Kelly, making his first appearance in eight days, pitched a scoreless ninth.Kershaw’s next start will not come on four days of rest. Roberts announced before the game that he will use a spot starter sometime in the next four days. The spot starter – likely Julio Urías or Ross Stripling – figures to be unavailable the next few days, so Kershaw’s seven-inning performance came at a good time. He’s one of only five pitchers averaging more than 6½ innings per start this season.Some things, it seems, never change.“It’s very rare for a pitcher to have all his pitches working on a particular night,” Roberts said. “I just thought that the way (Kershaw) sequenced, pitching to all parts of the zone, the slider was good, the fastball command – he just wills his way to be efficient, to get outs.”“He’s getting to a good place. He really is. It was fun to watch him.” Kershaw (7-1) didn’t feel all that dominant. He was starting on regular rest for just the third time this season. He was pitching against the Giants for the second time in two weeks; the previous outing resulted in his only loss of the season.“I got a little better as the game went on,” said Kershaw, his ability to downplay a near-flawless game still sharp. “The first few innings there I didn’t land my curveball really well. Started getting a little bit better toward the end. I made some OK pitches when I needed to. It was a little bit of a grind tonight, but fortunately, I got some big plays defensively.”“Even when (Kershaw) doesn’t feel good – I know I say this all the time – he kind of outwills the other team,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “Kind of grinds it out. He gave us seven shutout innings and I don’t really think he ever felt really that great today.”A 90-mph fastball doesn’t always portend dominance. Kevin Pillar formally eliminated the possibility of another no-hitter with a single in the second inning.Yet as results go, this game was indistinguishable from peak Kershaw. The Giants’ only extra-base hit was a “double” by Pillar – a low-arcing fly ball that Verdugo underran in left-center field in the seventh inning. Kershaw got through the inning anyway, striking out Brandon Crawford on his 100th and final pitch. He struck out six batters in all against two walks and three hits, lowering his earned-run average to 2.85. PreviousCali and Charley Kershaw throw out the first pitch before their father, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, takes the mound for Tuesday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo slides home ahead of the throw to Giants catcher Buster Posey to score on a double by Justin Turner during Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The ball is to the right of Posey’s hip. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Dodger starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodger starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 catches a fly ball during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Shaun Anderson #64 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey watches during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Shaun Anderson, front, during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 hits a homer in the first inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 points to the sky after hitting a home run in the first inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Alex Verdugo #27 congradulates Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on his first inning home run against Shaun Anderson #64 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo slides home ahead of a throw that Giants catcher Buster Posey could not catch to score on a double by Justin Turner during the first inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo slides home ahead of the throw to Giants catcher Buster Posey to score on a double by Justin Turner during the first inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers beats the throw to Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants to score on a double by Justin Turner #10os Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo scores on a double by Justin Turner after San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey missed the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks up after sliding home safe beating the throw to Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants to score on a double by Justin Turner #10 on June 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Dodger starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 reacts during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 doubles in the third inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 doubles in the third inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 fields a bunt by the Giants’ Kevin Pillar #1 in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 tosses to first for the out on a bunt by the Giants’ Kevin Pillar #1 in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a ball hit by Donovan Solano #7 of the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on June 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leaps to catch a ball hit by Tyler Austin #19 of the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 slides in to third base beating the tag of Giants third baseman Evan Longoria in the seventh inning #10 during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 slides in to third base beating the tag of Giants third baseman Evan Longoria in the seventh inning #10 during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 slides in to third base beating the tag of Giants third baseman Evan Longoria in the seventh inning #10 during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez hits a grand slam home run in the seventh inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the seventh inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the seventh inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez is congratulated by Justin Turner #10 after Hernandez hit a grand slam home run in the seventh inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez is congratulated by Chris Taylor #3 and Austin Barnes #15 after hitting a grand slam home run in the seventh inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo #27 leaps in an attempt to catch a deep fly ball hit by the Giants Kevin Pillar #1 in the seventh inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants pitcher Derek Holland #45 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 reacts as he crosses home plate to score in the seventh inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 reacts as he crosses home plate to score in the seventh inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, and relief pitcher Joe Kelly congratulate each other after the Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-0 in a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Ellen Kershaw coaches her children Cali and Charley on the mound before they threw out the first pitch before their father, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, started Tuesday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Cali and Charley Kershaw throw out the first pitch before their father, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, takes the mound for Tuesday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Ellen Kershaw looks on as children Cali and Charley throw out the first pitch before their dad Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw takes the mound at Dodger Stadium to face the Giants in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cali and Charley Kershaw throw out the first pitch before their father, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, takes the mound for Tuesday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo slides home ahead of the throw to Giants catcher Buster Posey to score on a double by Justin Turner during Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The ball is to the right of Posey’s hip. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 43The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo slides home ahead of the throw to Giants catcher Buster Posey to score on a double by Justin Turner during Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The ball is to the right of Posey’s hip. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw was on the winning end of another blowout Tuesday, five years to the day after he threw the only no-hitter of his career.Unlike that game, the Dodgers’ 9-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants will not be commemorated with a bobblehead five years hence. It was merely a reminder of what Kershaw looks like on a good night. He still looks like the guy on the bobblehead.The left-hander threw seven shutout innings, his first scoreless start since Game 2 of last year’s National League Division Series. On a night when the Dodgers matched their largest margin of victory since March, the Giants couldn’t advance a runner past second base until the ninth inning.“(Kershaw) is as effective as he’s ever been,” said Kiké Hernandez, whose grand slam in the seventh inning provided the final blow.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more