updated 3/10/2010 1:37:30 PM ET 2010-03-10T18:37:30

The House has passed a bill that would allow taxpayers to write off charitable donations to Chile earthquake relief efforts when they file their 2009 taxes this spring.

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Under current law, donors would have to wait until next year, when they file their 2010 returns, to claim the deductions. The House bill would allow donations made by April 15 to be deducted on 2009 returns.

The House passed the bill Wednesday on a voice vote, with no opposition.

It now goes to the Senate.

Congress passed a similar bill for donations to Haiti quake victims made before the end of February. The bill would also extend the deadline for Haiti donations until April 15.

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