IRS Advises on Helping Japanese Disaster Victims

March 14, 2011

The IRS has notified donors that if they want to help victims of the earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear disasters that have hit Japan, they should make contributions to qualified tax-exempt domestic charitable organizations. Contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code, as long as the U.S. organization has discretion and control over the funds’ use.

Potential donors can learn more at Also, see for disaster relief information including, “Charitable Giving and Disaster Relief in Response to the Haitian and Chilean Earthquakes” by Milton Cerny and Adam Damerow, and “TSUNAMI: NGO Response Now and the Future” by Milton Cerny and Michael Durham, Exempt Organizations Tax Review.

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