WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Be a LifeServe Advocate.

Did you know…

  • LifeServe Blood Center is one of only two non-profit blood centers in state of Iowa.
  • LifeServe relies on the goodwill of volunteer blood donors and professional staff to test and prepare the donations.
  • More than 79 local Iowa hospitals in 64 counties depend on LifeServe and its volunteer blood donors to deliver blood critical to saving lives.
  • Iowa is one of only three states in the nation with a tax that impacts blood donations organizations.

This is why we need your help!

LifeServe Blood Center has been saddled with significant tax liabilities as a result of legislation passed into Iowa law in 2018. Here are the facts:

  • This tax costs LifeServe Blood Center $750,000 each year.
  • The FDA recognizes LifeServe as a federally regulated drug manufacturer because all blood transfusions are considered to be a drug that must be prescribed by a doctor. The tax bill removed non-profits from being considered as manufacturers.
  • LifeServe must now pay tax on necessary supplies for collecting blood, including the bags we use to collect blood, the equipment we use and any other supply our team uses to provide lifesaving blood products.
  • The tax bill also expanded sales and use tax for specified digital products and services, such as software as a service, and requires non-profit blood centers to pay tax on all software products, including the software a hospital uses to order blood products.
  • The problem for LifeServe Blood Center is that the definition of “commercial enterprise” specifically excludes nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations with a specific exemption, such as hospitals, hospices and organ procurement organizations, had their exemption broadened to be exempt from this new tax.

How can you help? Contact your local Iowa state legislators!

Call or email your local Iowa state legislators. Feel free to use this script.

Dear [legislator],

My name is [name]. I live in [town] and am a constituent of yours. I’m also a supporter of LifeServe Blood Center, one of two non-profit community blood centers in Iowa. More than 100 local Iowa hospitals in 85 counties depend on LifeServe and the goodwill of its volunteer blood donors to deliver blood critical to saving lives.

I understand that Iowa is one of only three states in the nation with a tax that impacts blood donations organizations. The 2018 Iowa Tax Reform Bill increased the tax burden for LifeServe to approximately $750,000 annually. Hospitals, hospices and organ procurement organizations in Iowa are exempt from state sales and taxes, and LifeServe Blood Center should be treated the same way.

I’m writing today to urge you to support LifeServe’s mission and repeal this tax.

Thank you for your support and consideration.

 

For more information about this matter, please contact us at blooddonor@lifeservebloodcenter.org.

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