Note: The content of this article applies only to taxes prepared for 2009 and 2010. It is included here for reference only.
On January 20, 2010, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4462, a bill that allows taxpayers who made “cash contributions for the relief of victims in areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti" to claim these contributions on their 2009 tax return, instead of having to wait until next year to claim it on their 2010 return.
The bill was also unanimously approved by the Senate and signed by President Obama on January 22, 2010.