Shea-Porter Votes for Immediate Tax Benefits for Donations to Haiti

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted with the House of Representatives to pass legislation that will allow individuals making a charitable contribution after January 11th and before March 1st to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim these charitable contributions on their 2009 tax return, as opposed to on their 2010 tax return.  In addition, the bill would make clear that taxpayers making a charitable contribution through a text message will be able to rely on their cell phone bill when claiming a charitable contribution.  This legislation, H.R. 4462, passed with unanimous consent.    

“The people of Haiti need our help, and generous Americans have answered the call for assistance,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “This legislation will recognize their selfless efforts.”