News Sens. Warren and Markey urged to act on LIFT for Charities Act

The Providers’ Council, on behalf of the community-based human services sector and nonprofit community in Massachusetts, has sent letters to Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey urging them to cosponsor bipartisan bill S. 632, the Lessen Impediments From Taxes for Charities Act (or LIFT for Charities Act).

The LIFT for Charities Act would repeal a provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that imposes a 21 percent unrelated business income tax on the expenses that tax-exempt nonprofits incur for providing to their employees transportation fringe benefits, such as parking and transit passes. A similar bill was proposed in the U.S. House, and the Council reached out to Massachusetts Congressmen in February urging their support. House Bill 1223 is the Stop the Tax Hike on Charities and Places of Worship Act of 2019.

Read the letter to senators.

Members are encouraged to contact their Congressmen, as well as Sens. Warren and Markey, as soon as possible to urge repeal. See how you can take action and get contact information here. If you have questions about the transportation benefit tax or other public policy matters, please email Bill Yelenak at

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