The IRS has released guidance on the federal income and employment tax treatment of employer leave-based donation programs that aid victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is issued subsequent to the emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under leave-based donation programs, employees can elect to forgo vacation, sick, or personal leave in exchange for cash payments that the employer makes to charitable organizations before January 1, 2021. These leave-based donation programs to aid victims of COVID-19 will not be treated as compensation. Similarly, the employees will not be treated as receiving the value of the leave as income and cannot claim a deduction for the leave that they donated to their employer.

However, employers may deduct these cash payments as a business expense or as a charitable contribution deduction if the employer otherwise meets the respective requirements.

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