According to present U.S. tax law -- painters, photographers and
other visual artists who would like to donate one of their works of art
to a charitable or other non-profit organization can only deduct the
cost of their materials. If anyone else were to donate that very same
work of art then they could deduct the full value of the Art...a vast
inequity for the artist!
The late muralist, illustrator and art educator Alton Tobey, who
died this past January at the age of 90, was an active lobbist on the
part of artists' rights for most of his career. 35 years ago Tobey
worked to raise the consciousness of this inequity to top ranking US
politicians. In 1970 he sent a hand written letter to President
Richard Nixon about this very issue. Since this issue is red hot this
month and on the cusp of a breakthrough, I posted this important letter
on his website at www.altontobey.com/social.html.
On November 18, 2005 the U. S. Senate finally approved a measure
that would allow artists to take a tax deduction for the fair market
value of works donated to charitable organizations, and not for only
the small cost of the materials. If accepted by the House, this
legislation will take effect on January 1, 2006.
If you support this measure, it's very important you visit the web
page below as soon as you can this month and express your opinion; as
this legislation has a good chance of passing, but only with your help.
The form on the page below takes only two minutes to complete. Please
visit there now and have your voice heard! If this link doesn't open
automatically in this message, just please cut and paste it into your
browser address line.
If you have a website, you can also post a notice on your own site
to urge visitors to support this very important legislation. By doing
so you will be helping a vast community of artists. Feel free to copy
the notice we have on our own home page at www.altontobey.org if you
decide to do this. Thanks to all and best wishes for a happy holiday