by Morinville News Staff
A coalition of concerned Albertans has launched Albertans4giving.ca, a new website designed to protect and raise awareness on charitable donations.
Under the government’s recently tabled budget, the charitable tax credit is set to be reduced from 21 per cent to 12.75 per cent.
The coalition argues the current rate of 21 per cent has led to Albertans giving the most to charity with the cities of Edmonton and Calgary being two of the most generous in the country.
“This tax increase will hurt our most vulnerable, our food banks, our churches and our charitable organizations right across the province,” Albertans4Giving spokesperson Brad Tennant said in a release Monday. “Individuals on the front lines are already feeling the pinch given the current economic climate. Mr. Prentice’s budget will only make things worse.”
The group believes the change to the tax credit will result in a decrease in donations to non-profit groups in 2016.
“These groups take care of those who need a hand up and ensure our most vulnerable are taken care of,” Tennant said. “Today, we are calling on Premier Prentice to immediately reverse this dangerous tax on charitable giving.”