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Contribute Now for Haitian Relief and Claim the Deduction Last Year

by Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group, posted Sunday, January 31, 2010

Charitable contributions of money made on or after January 12, 2010 and before March 1, 2010, for the relief of victims in areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti, are deductible on taxpayers’ 2009 federal income tax return, thanks to a change in federal law. Contributions of money include contributions made by cash, check, money order, credit card, charge card, debit card or by a cell phone text message (as long as the taxpayer retains a copy of the telephone bill showing the name of the donee organization, and date and amount of the contribution). The contribution must be made to a qualified organization and meet all other requirements for charitable contribution deductions.
For more information, visit the Internal Revenue Service website, at which you may also search for qualified charitable organizations. The state income tax treatment of charitable contributions may differ from the federal income tax treatment. In fact, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue announced that taxpayers are not entitled to claim on their 2009 state income tax returns a deduction for charitable contribution made in 2010, regardless of the change in federal law.