Now, however, House Budget Chairman Ryan says charitable deductions should be protected. In an interview with CNBC, Ryan said charitable deductions are the "one exception" he would make to any deduction limit or cap as part of simplifying the tax code.
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"This is really the one exception I make this for," he said. "Charities ought to be a tax expenditure that is still preserved because civil [society] is one of the most important components of American life, of getting people involved in our communities and philanthropies. I think that is a very important thing to preserve and that's pretty much as a supply side or a low tax-rate guy."
Ryan's change in opinion is important not only because it varies from his previous stance, but because he is being cited as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. (Ryan told CNBC that he'll make a decision about whether to run in 2015.) He also sits on the Ways and Means Committee, which handles tax legislation.