Ambassador Joseph Lauds President Obama and U.S. Congress for Passage of Tax Incentives for Haiti Relief Donations

Jan 23, 2010, 13:24 ET from Embassy of Haiti

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Haitian Ambassador to the United States Raymond Joseph today applauded President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress for enactment of the Haiti Assistance Income Tax Incentive Act, which will give income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

"On behalf of President Rene Preval, the Embassy of Haiti would like to thank President Obama, the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate for their expedited passage of the Haiti Assistance Income Tax Incentive Act," said Ambassador Joseph.  "This Act will allow compassionate citizens to continue the much needed support through the end of February."  

The measure allows U.S. taxpayers to claim any charitable contribution to the Haiti relief efforts made after January 11 and before March 1, 2010 to be deducted from their 2009 tax returns.

"We are very pleased that the President signed the bill late last night, and we ask that those outpouring of donations that has already been exhibited by the American people continue," said Joseph.

SOURCE Embassy of Haiti