Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act

Of interest to US-based colleagues—a bipartisan bill signed into law last March 25th allows charitable donations made to 501(c) registered organizations providing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief given as late as April 15th this year to be applied to 2013 tax returns. See HR 3771 or the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3771. If you already filed your taxes but want to donate and claim the deduction, the law allows you to revise your filing. In addition, if your employer has a matching donation program, your donation has the potential to be significantly increased/doubled. Worth thinking about during this American tax season, and the coming of the sweltering dry season back in the Philippines.

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