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taxed
05-02-2001, 07:39 AM
This dropped into my e-mail yesterday. It may be of interest to some of you out there:
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Dear Fellow Artist,

In the next two weeks, Congress will act on the Artist-Museum Partnership Act (S.694). The House version is called the Artists' Contribution to American Heritage Act (H.R. 1598).

If passed, this legislation will provide a tax benefit to all visual artists and help support our nation's art museums. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Artist Museum Partnership Act would allow artists to deduct the fair market value of
artwork donated to a museum or non-profit. Currently artists may only deduct their donations' cost of materials, while collectors may deduct full market value for their donations. Museums and non-profits would benefit by the incentive provided for artists to donate their works.

The next step for the legislation is the Senate Finance Committee, who are expected to add it, along with many items, to the Bush tax plan. It is very important that our bill be pushed strongly by at least one Senate Finance Committee member, and preferably several.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Write to your U.S. Senator and Congressman and ask him or her to co-author the Artist Museum Partnership Act. If you reside in one of the states with a Senator on the Finance Committee (listed below) it is especially important that you contact them NOW.

1. Fax your Senators and Representatives at both their district office and their Washington DC office. You may use the letter below as a template, but use your own stationery to demonstrate that you are a constituent. Feel free to include samples of your work -- be creative -- so the Senators know that you are an artist!

You can find your Senator and Representative by clicking: http://congress.nw.dc.us/c-span/search.html

2. Fax a copy of your letter to:

Anita Difanis
Director of Government Affairs
Association of Art Museum Directors
1319 F. St. NW
Suite 201
Washington, DC 20004
Fax 202/638-4528

This will help our coalition keep track of the grass roots pressure as our lobbyists and members make the rounds in Washington.

3. Please pass this message on to other artists and supporters.

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SAMPLE LETTERS:

YOUR ARTIST LETTERHEAD

The Honorable __________________
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Re: Artist-Museum Partnership Act (S.694)

Dear Senator ___________:

As a constituent artist, I urge you to become a co-sponsor of the
Artist-Museum Partnership Act (S.694). This bill, introduced by
Senators Leahy and Bennett, will enable artists to deduct the
fair-market value of their works when donated to non-profit
institutions.

Currently, artists donating works can only deduct the cost of the
materials used, while purchasers who donate the same are allowed to
deduct the works’ full value. Artists, who create the value of such
donations, are prevented from enjoying the tax benefits of the value
they create. S. 694 will correct this tax inequity.

S. 694 will also address a cultural problem. There has been a dramatic
decline in the gifts offered to museums and libraries since 1969, when
the law which allowing artists to deduct the fair-market value of
self-generated works was repealed. With little incentive to donate, many
national and important regional artists, writers and composers sell
their original works to private collectors or abroad, which effectively
keeps them from ever being seen by the American public. America is
being deprived of its cultural and artistic heritage. Passage of this
legislation will enable museums, libraries and archives to solicit
original works from artists, writers and composers who are both regional
and national and help us strengthen the collections in [name your
community or institution].

I look forward to hearing that you have become an original co-sponsor of
this important cultural and tax relief legislation.

Sincerely,

Your Name

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YOUR ARTIST LETTERHEAD

The Honorable _____________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Re: Artists' Contribution to American Heritage Act (H.R. 1598)

Dear Representative __________:

As a constituent artist, I urge you to become a co-sponsor of The
Artists' Contribution to American Heritage Act (H.R. 1598). This bill,
to be reintroduced by Representatives Houghton and Cardin, will enable
artists to deduct the fair-market value of their works when donated to
non-profit institutions.

Currently, artists donating works can only deduct the cost of the
materials used, while purchasers who donate the same are allowed to
deduct the works’ full value. Artists, who create the value of such
donations, are prevented from enjoying the tax benefits of the value
they create. H.R. 1598 will correct this tax inequity.

H.R. 1598 will also address a cultural problem. There has been a
dramatic decline in the gifts offered to museums and libraries since
1969, when the law which allowing artists to deduct the fair-market
value of self-generated works was repealed. With little incentive to
donate, many national and important regional artists, writers and
composers sell their original works to private collectors or abroad,
which effectively keeps them from ever being seen by the American
public. America is being deprived of its cultural and artistic
heritage. Passage of this legislation will enable museums, libraries
and archives to solicit original works from artists, writers and
composers who are both regional and national and help us strengthen the
collections in [name your community or institution].

I look forward to hearing that you have become an original co-sponsor of
this important cultural and tax relief legislation.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Republicans

Charles E. Grassley (IA), Chair FAX:202-224-3744

Orrin Hatch (UT) FAX: 202-224-6331

Frank Murkowski (AK) FAX: 202-224-5301

Don Nickles (OK) FAX: 202-224-6008

Phil Gramm (TX) FAX: 202-228-2856

Trent Lott (MS) FAX: 202-224-2262

Jim Jeffords (VT) FAX: 202-224-5141

Fred Thompson (TN) FAX: 202-228-3679

Olympia Snow (ME) FAX: 202-224-1946

Jon L. Kyl (AZ) FAX: 202-224-2207

Democrats

Max Baucus (MT) FAX: 202-228-3687

John D. Rockefeller (WV) FAX: 202-224-7665

Thomas Daschle (SD) FAX: 202-224-7895 Thank him for signing as a co-author!

John Breaux (LA) FAX: 202-228-2577

Kent Conrad (ND) FAX: 202-224-7776

Bob Graham (FL) FAX: 202-224-2237

Jeff Bingaman (NM) FAX: 202-2242852 Thank him for signing as co-author!

John Kerry (MA) FAX: 202-224-2237

Robert Torricelli (NJ) FAX: 202-224-8567

Blanche Lincoln (AR) FAX: 202-2281371 Thank him for signing as co-author!


Thank you for your help! >>>>>

mame
05-02-2001, 09:13 AM
I would rather see legislation wherein artists(or their families)participate in the increased market value of works by receiving re-sale royalties.