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5. You helped those in Haiti
 5. You helped those in Haiti
Though the earthquake occurred in 2010, you don't have to wait until next year to deduct your contributions to nonprofits providing disaster relief. Congress fast-tracked a bill that lets you deduct donations made before March 1, 2010 on your 2009 tax return. A bill is currently in the House that would enable taxpayers to deduct last-minute donations to Chile earthquake relief from their 2009 returns as well.

Potential savings: $56 for giving $200 to Haiti relief

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Last updated March 26 2010: 7:15 PM ET
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