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What They Are Saying: Ways and Means Tax-Exempt Charity Legislation Will Combat Tax Breaks for Terrorism

December 08, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Ways and Means hearing in November, witness testimony exposed the connections between American tax-exempt charities and terrorism – an issue of particular concern in the wake of Hamas’s brutal and violent October 7th attack on Israel. During the hearing, the Committee looked closer into the history of U.S. tax-exempt groups financing terror, like the Holy Land Foundation, a tax-exempt charity that funneled $12.4 million from Americans to fund Hamas before it was shut down by the U.S. government in the early 2000s. The Committee learned of other groups, currently operating in plain sight in America, led by many of the same individuals as the Holy Land Foundation.

To ensure taxpayers are not subsidizing terrorism, the Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved legislation last week, H.R. 6408, introduced by Rep. David Kustoff (TN-08) and Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10), that revokes the tax-exempt status of American entities found to be supporting terrorist organizations. This legislation is a key part of dismantling the financing networks funding these organizations.

The following groups have publicly expressed support for the legislation, which now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives:

FDD Action

Middle East Forum

Anti-Defamation League

Coalition for Jewish Values