WASHINGTON – Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in calling for taxpayers to be able to claim charitable donations to the Haitian earthquake relief effort on their 2009 income taxes.
"Tragedy tends to bring out the best in Americans, and it is clear that this situation is no different, as Haiti has been flooded with vital assistance from individual citizens in the past week," he said in a statement. "I am hopeful that this legislation will provide an incentive for Americans to continue to give to rescue and recovery efforts in Haiti."
If the legislation passes, individuals who make qualifying charitable donations between January 11, 2010, and March 1, 2010 could take a tax deduction for the 2009 tax year instead of waiting until the end of 2010.
Similar legislation was passed in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Simpson’s office notes.