Haiti Donations Deductible on 2009 Alabama Returns

Alabama taxpayers who contribute to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti can claim those donations on their 2009 state income tax returns.

Only cash contributions made to these charities after Jan. 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, are eligible.

The allowance includes contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card.

“Alabamians have been so generous in coming to the aid of the people of Haiti during this time of need,” said Gov. Bob Riley. “This tax benefit, hopefully, will encourage even more Alabamians to come forward and assist those who are suffering.”

State and federal tax laws require that taxpayers keep a record of any deductible donations they make. The claim may also be applied to federal tax returns this year.

For contributions made by the use of text messaging, a copy of the telephone bill will serve as sufficient documentation of the deduction for Alabama purposes if it shows the name of the organization the donation was made to, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution.

For cash contributions made by other means, taxpayers are reminded to keep a bank record, such as a canceled check, credit card statement, or a receipt from the charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution.

For more information concerning claiming deductions for contributions made to the Haiti earthquake relief effort, visit the IRS Web site. A link is provided below.

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