New Philippines relief donations can be claimed on tax return

Typhoon Haiyan victims (File photo)

It’s been five months since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and now a new nationwide initiative is hoping to spur an increase in donations for those affected by the tragedy.

On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, which allows taxpayers to be able to claim donations made between now and April 15 on this year’s tax return, instead of waiting until next year.

If you’ve already filed your tax return and wish to donate, you can file an updated return in order to take advantage of the new incentive (click here for more information on filing an updated return).

Sen. Mazie Hirono, who introduced the measure, says the Filipino community is hoping for a boost in donations. “They’re going to do everything they can to get out the word,” Sen. Hirono said. “They’re very happy with this legislation because the devastation is so great and they don’t want us to go on to the next crisis and forget about the need for our friends in the Philippines.”

The storm left more than 6.000 people dead and displaced more than 4 million.

Groups and individuals trying to raise awareness of the new push for donations can use the hashtag #HaiyanReliefByApril15 on social media.

For more information on the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, click here.

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