The Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service have announced a program for employees
to donate leave in exchange for employer cash payments made before January 1,
2007, to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief for Hurricane Katrina
Under the IRS program, employees do not have to include the donated leave in
their income, and employers will be permitted to deduct the amount of the cash
The program aims to encourage leave-based donation to aid victims who have
suffered from the extraordinary destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Under
the program, employees donate their vacation, sick, or personal leave in exchange
for employer cash payments made to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing
relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Cash payments an employer makes to relief organizations in exchange for vacation,
sick, or personal leave that its employees elect to forgo may be excluded from
employees' gross income or wages if the payments are:
- Made to the § 170(c) organizations for the relief of victims of Hurricane
- Paid to the § 170(c) organizations before January 1, 2007.
The IRS offered a similar program following the attacks of September 11, 2001.