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Tax Twitter Tuesday 02.23.2010

Alabama tax tidbit: Haiti donations

Alabama flag Alabamans can sing, with apologies to Lynyrd Skynyrd, a chorus of Sweet Charitable Tax-deduction Home Alabama this filing season.

Yellowhammer State taxpayers who donated to Haitian earthquake relief efforts earlier this year get a 2009 state as well as a federal tax benefit.

State Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell noted that Alabama is following the federal tax relief provision offered to U.S. taxpayers. This means Alabamans who made cash contributions to qualified charities providing earthquake relief can claim those donations on their 2009 state income tax returns if they wish. 

Eligible donations include monetary gifts made by check, credit or debit card and text message after Jan. 11 and before March 1.

Tax trip around the United States: This is the first entry in the effort to highlight tax information from the 50 U.S. states and our nation's capital.

The ol' blog's new State Tax Departments page provides links to official state and District of Columbia revenue Web sites so that you can find out more about your home's tax laws and filing requirements. You also can check out info on other locales in our Complete menu of tasty state tax tidbits.

As the 2010 tax season progresses, a different state will be featured each day as noted in Don't forget your state taxes! Check back to see what tax tidbit we share about your home state!

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