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H.R. 5382: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Family Support Act of 2018

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 22, 2018.


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Family Support Act of 2018

This bill accelerates the benefits of tax deductions for charitable cash contributions made for the relief of the spouses, dependents, or guardians of the slain or injured victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that occurred on February 14, 2018.

A taxpayer who makes such a contribution may claim a deduction in 2017 for contributions made on or after February 13, 2018, and before April 18, 2018. Recordkeeping requirements for the deduction may be satisfied using a telephone bill showing the name of the organization to which a contribution was made with the date and amount of such contribution.

A contribution that is made on or after February 14, 2018, may qualify as a charitable contribution even if it is for the exclusive benefit of the specified individuals.

Payments made on or after February 14, 2018, and on or before October 15, 2018, to the individuals by a tax-exempt organization: (1) shall be treated as related to the purpose or function constituting the basis for such organization's tax exemption; and (2) may not be treated as inuring to the benefit of any private individual, if the payments are made in good faith using a reasonable and objective formula which is consistently applied.