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Haiti Donations Now Deductible for 2009

Hopefully, you’ve been donating to the Haiti relief effort since the horrific earthquake there on January 12.

We certainly have had a multitude of ways to do so, from sending a check to our favorite charity, going online and giving to an organization on the ground in Haiti, texting-to-give to a myriad of nonprofits, and responding last night to the very moving telethon, Hope for Haiti Now.

On Friday, President Obama signed a bill that allows donors to Haiti to take their charitable tax deductions on their 2009 tax returns. As usual, you will need a receipt (canceled checks no longer serve) from the charity to which you donated.

There has been some confusion about receipts from text-to-give programs such as the Red Cross campaign. The charity in these cases never knows the name of the donor and cannot send a receipt. The IRS has said that donors may use their mobile phone bills as evidence that they donated. When one texts a donation to a charity, it is charged to your mobile phone bill. So watch for your bills and keep them as documentation.

Read more tips about charitable tax deductions…

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Haiti Donations Now Deductible for 2009 originally appeared on About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at 12:06:24.

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