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Issue Number:    N-2023-69

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Notice 2023-69 provides guidance on certain charitable relief to aid victims of the Hawaii wildfires that began on August 8, 2023. Under employer sponsored leave-based donation programs, employees may elect to forgo vacation, sick, or personal leave in exchange for cash payments made by the employer to tax-exempt entities described in § 170(c) of the code that provide aid to victims of the Hawaii wildfires. This notice provides that an employee making the election to forgo such leave will not be treated as having constructively received gross income or wages and cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction under § 170. The employer may deduct the cash payments as business expenses or charitable contributions if the employer otherwise meets the respective requirements of either § 162 or § 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Notice 2023-69 will be in IRB-2023-42, dated October 16, 2023.


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