Before leaving for Rome and his meeting with Pope Francis, President Barack Obama signed into law the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act.
This bipartisan law was written to encourage Americans to donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts by allowing people to deduct contributions to Philippines recovery efforts from their 2013 taxes, if these donations are made between now and April 15, 2014. Without this law, a person would have to wait until he or she filed next year to claim the deduction.
View the fact sheet on the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act.
Go to the CRS Typhoon Haiyan landing page.
Donations to CRS earmarked for Haiyan recovery during this period are therefore deductible from your 2013 filings.
“This typhoon was the most powerful storm ever to make landfall and caused destruction throughout the Philippines. Recovery has only just begun, and resources are badly needed for humanitarian assistance and rebuilding efforts,” said Representative Eric Swalwell, lead sponsor of the bill in the House of Representatives. Catholic Relief Services has been working in the Philippines since World War II, was there when the storm hit, and has been there since, helping Filipinos rebuild their communities and their lives. CRS efforts have focused on shelter, health, sanitation, and ultimately, restoring long-term stability to the hardest hit communities.
“While nations and individuals around the world sent their support and millions of dollars in aid following the tragedy, many communities in the Philippines are still struggling to recover,” said Sentator Mazie K. Horono (HI), who sponsored the bill in the U.S. Senate. “Nearly five months later, we can’t lose sight of the loved ones who are still missing, families that are still homeless.”
Groups and individuals trying to raise awareness of the new push for donations can use the hashtag #HaiyanReliefByApril15 on social media.