From California Society of Enrolled Agents: Give to Haitian Relief Efforts, Receive Tax Break This Year

Jan 26, 2010, 14:07 ET from California Society of Enrolled Agents

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Late last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed emergency legislation to allow taxpayers to immediately write off their charitable contributions toward Haiti relief.


The law allows such donations – which normally could not be taken as a write-off until the 2011 tax season – to be made as if the giving were done prior to December 31, 2009.

Taxpayers who make a qualifying donation after January 11 and before March 1, 2010, can deduct the amount from their 2009 Federal returns (as of now California does not conform to the new Federal regulation). Note that the change applies only to monetary donations, and not to services or goods.

$10 donations can be made by texting the word "Haiti" to the number 90999 from your mobile phone, by visiting or through a responsible charity agency such as Operation USA ( or the American Red Cross (

The California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA) represents thousands of federally-licensed tax professionals, as well as affiliate and associate tax preparers. Enrolled Agents are licensed by the Department of the Treasury to advise and represent clients specifically in matters of taxation and to help ensure that all deductions and credits are applied accurately and fairly.

Taxpayers in California can locate a member of the California Society of Enrolled Agents in their area by calling toll-free 800/TAXPRO-5 or online at Outside California, call the National Association of Enrolled Agents at 800/424-4339.

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David A. Shaw, EA

SOURCE California Society of Enrolled Agents