To encourage donations to Haiti a new law was passed so you can claim a deduction on your 2009 taxes.
President Obama signed H.R. Bill 4462 into law.
The new law says in order to write off a Haiti donation for 2009 it needs to be made before March 1st----if not it can be deducted on 2010 tax returns. The law also allows taxpayers to use telephone bills as proof of donations made via a text message.
Greenville accountant Christopher McLawhorn says if you do your own taxes, it will most likely be pretty easy to figure out. "I'm sure the software will have a special question for it, most software stays up to date, probably just a special question you just have to keep record of what you donate and answer it correctly."
A similar bill was passed back when Hurricane Katrina hit.