They help the most vulnerable victim, children who have been abused or neglected, but last year agencies in Missouri that help children in crisis took a big hit when a tax deduction for people who donated to them expired.
Now the agencies are fighting to get the support back.
Child advocates like Lisa Mizell with Child Protection Center told Missouri senators Wednesday how big of a hit the organization took in its fourth quarter. She said it was a direct result of the Children in Crisis tax credit which went by the wayside in August.
"To see a 20 percent drop does not bode well for how our donations will go throughout the year. If we can't get this tax credit reinstated to benefit people that are willing to help us," Mizell said.
The 50 percent credit acted as a sacrificial lamb during the legislature's tax reform efforts.
"They unfortunately got held as leverage on other priorities that some members had at that time," State Sen. Bob Dixon, R-District 30, said.
Dixon said the credit should pass out of committee Thursday, a bill that isn't getting much push back this time around.
"You got 50 percent back on your taxes. It was like cash money in your pocket," Mizell said. "We do hear from them - it's a huge difference to our donors."
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