2009 tax benefit for Haiti contributions

Just a reminder that there is 2009 tax benefit (if you itemize) to making a contribution to an approved charity working in Haiti, by March 1, 2010. Because we have been in transition and had banking issues, I didn’t get my 2009 charitable contributions in on time to get a receipt for tax purposes. So this is very beneficial on several levels. Note, the charity has to be on the approved list.

For official information check the IRS website. Click here.

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Photo from Troy Livesay, who lives and works with his wife in Haiti. Visit their blog, The Livesay [Haiti] Weblog and follow Troy on Twitter @troylivesay

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About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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3 Responses to 2009 tax benefit for Haiti contributions

  1. Roberta says:

    I have seen nothing from the IRS telling us, as a Church, that we need to give a separate contribution statement to those who contribute during those dates listed… I see this as a headache, however for people who may be accountable for donations for such things. Why the government changes the rules is a mystery… it's just not a good bookkeeping and accountable way to keep track, imho. Not that I am against charitable donations, but come on people… there are deadlines yanno!!

  2. Robin Arnold says:

    I think that's a decision your church will have to make if you want to encourage over and above tithe giving for this purpose. It could be, your church wouldn't be a qualified charity either though. In that case I'd encourage people to direct their funds to say a denominational charity, like UMCOR in the case of United Methodists. Really, I think the same minimum rule applies per contribution so you could be in the clear for receipting with a statement, not sure. I'll have to check on that. This new twist to tax law comes from another disaster back in 2005.

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