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April 8, 2014 > Charitable giving bill passes House of Representatives

Charitable giving bill passes House of Representatives

Submitted By Allison Bormel

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) announced on March 24, 2014 that his bill, H.R. 3771, the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, passed the House of Representatives. This bill will help incentivize contributions to Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. The bipartisan bill is co-led by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Darrell Issa (R-CA).

The version of H.R. 3771 considered by the House will encourage Americans to donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts by allowing people to deduct contributions to Philippines recovery efforts from their 2013 taxes, if they are made after the bill is signed into law and before April 15, 2014. Without this bill, a person would have to wait until he or she filed their taxes next year to claim the deduction.

An identical version of this bill, sponsored by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), already has passed the Senate. The bill will be sent to the President for his signature.

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