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Tax breaks for beer, unborn children are among goodies in Republican bill

A man holds up a sign protesting the GOP tax plan on Capitol Hill. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press) None
A man holds up a sign protesting the GOP tax plan on Capitol Hill. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings.

Here’s a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for being included in the final legislation.

The Johnson amendment

The House bill essentially does away with decades-old tax code restrictions preventing churches and other nonprofit groups from engaging in political activities.

Opponents of the restrictions say the groups should have free expression, but others worry it will interject politics into philanthropy and open the door to more “dark money” campaigns.

Thousands of churches and charitable organizations oppose the House approach, preferring to keep the restriction, first introduced by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954.

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