P.L. 109-1, An act to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami (2 comments ↓)

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H.R. 241, enacted as Public Law 109-1, allows taxpayers who make contributions in January 2005 to tsunami-relief efforts the option to deduct those contributions from their 2004 taxable income. Generally taxpayers who itemize their deductions may only apply eligible charitable contributions against their income for the calendar year in which the contributions are made. To qualify for this deduction, donations that are otherwise eligible for deductibility must be made in cash and pledged to aid victims of the December 26, 2004, tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Individuals opting to deduct such a contribution from their 2004 taxable income will not be allowed to deduct those same contributions next year.

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January 22, 2005, 12:31pm (report abuse)

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A list of sites at which tsunami relief contributions can be made is at:


Consult a tax professional to be sure that your contribution will benefit from this legislation.

Sally Elliot

January 31, 2005, 8:06am (report abuse)

Thanks for the special e-mail about this. I think a lot of people will forget about the tsunami victim's when it's not in the news. - Sally

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