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When you pass through a US Customs and Border Protection checkpoint, have you ever thought, “I would like to give them a donation?”
Congress thinks you may be interested. Or perhaps they can further shake down airlines that have already paid overtime for CBP agents at airports such as JFK so some connecting passengers can make their flights.
The CBP issued a press release outlining the 5-year pilot program:
In recent years, the U.S. has experienced a record increase in international trade and travel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is frequently asked to provide new or additional port of entry- related services to support our country’s rising traffic volumes but is not always able to accommodate these requests due to on-going resource constraints.
Recognizing these challenges, Congress has authorized CBP, in collaboration with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), to conduct a five-year pilot program permitting CBP to enter into partnerships with private sector and government entities at ports of entry for certain services and to accept certain donations under Section 559 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, P.L. 113-76. Since enactment in January 2014, CBP and GSA have worked closely to establish the framework that will be used to implement subsection (f) of Section 559, referred to as the Donation Acceptance Authority.
Section 599 (f) (2) covers Allowable Uses of Donations:
No word on tax deductibility.
Will there be CBP Santas with bells and kettles at an airport near you just in time for the holidays?