If you are donating to charities to help with the earthquake relief in Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009 tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this special provision. GALTime consumer watchdog Mary Schwager explains the rules.
- A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief on your 2009 tax return, which you will be filing this year.
- The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
- To be eligible for a deduction on the 2009 tax return, donations must be made after Jan. 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010.
- In order to be deductible, contributions must be made to qualified charities and can not be designated for the benefit of specific individuals or families.
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