A new bill has been passed that will allow taxpayers who make donations for the Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts to claim the deduction on their 2009 taxes.
Normally, donors would have to wait until they file their 2010 tax returns in order to claim the charitable deductions; however , according to the new bill (click here to read the full bill), any donation made toward the relief efforts after January 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010 will be deductible on your 2009 tax return.
For those who made donations via text message, the measure allows for your phone bill (showing the donation) to serve as an official record of giving.
Hopefully, this will prove to be enough of an incentive to spark another round of giving.
As many of you know, another earthquake hit the devastated country this morning, and the people of Haiti need our help even more than before!
Please consider giving a gift to support the relief efforts. The OASIS for Children orphanage (located in Beudet, Haiti) is currently accepting donations. You can donate online securely via PayPal here: http://bit.ly/4RQ1IE. You can read about the orphanage at their website ), or on the KNS Financial site here: http://bit.ly/933mQ9.
There is also a “wish list” on Amazon.com of items that the children and workers of the orphanage need immediately. You can access the wish list here: http://bit.ly/5P21oY. Once you purchase the items from Amazon.com, they will be shipped directly to the OASIS headquarters in New Jersey and then forwarded on to those who need them most.
If you have any questions regarding this new Bill, which is making its way through Congress please leave a comment below.
If you have any questions about the OASIS for Children orphanage feel free to contact our President at 908-208-1311, or leave a comment below.
[Full Disclosure: I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the OASIS for Children, Inc orphanage as Treasurer.]