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Senate passes tax break bill for Haitian relief

January 21, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

A bill allowing earthquake relief donations in 2010 deductible on 2009 income taxes cleared Congress today, passing in the Senate on a voice vote.

Donations must be made by the end of February. Normally, the Internal Revenue Service requires charitable donations to be made by Dec. 31 to be claimed on that year’s tax forms.

The House of Representatives  unanimously passed H.R. 4462 yesterday, which includes a provision allowing those who text messaged a donation the ability to use a phone bill as proof of donation.

To make your 2009 tax-deductible donation to UM Global Institute’s combined efforts relief efforts in Haiti, click here.

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