28 September 2017

Congress Passes Aid for Hurricane Recovery Efforts Through Charitable Giving

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congress passed legislation today aimed at spurring additional charitable giving to assist with the relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. H.R. 3823, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017, includes a temporary suspension of limitations on the deduction for charitable contributions to qualified hurricane relief efforts made between August 23 and December 31, 2017.

“It will take an all-in and sustained effort to deal with the aftermath of this hurricane season. We applaud Congress for recognizing the essential role America’s charitable community fills in this effort and for taking action to encourage Americans to help their neighbors during the recovery,” said Sandra Swirski, executive director of ACR.

Similar legislation has been passed on several instances in the past, including after Hurricane Katrina, but has been narrowed down to only include disaster-related contributions. The Treasury Department estimated in 2005 that the temporary suspension of limitations following Hurricane Katrina spurred $11 billion in additional charitable giving.

Today’s legislation was included as part of a larger package extending the authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.