The IRS issued guidance on the federal income and employment tax treatment of cash payments made by employers under leave-based donation programs to aid victims of the further Russian invasion of Ukraine. Employer leave-based donation payments made by an employer before January 1, 2023, to Code Sec. 170(c) organizations to aid said victims (qualified payments) will not be treated as gross income, wages or compensation of the employees of the employer.
Similarly, employees electing or with an opportunity to elect to forgo leave that funds said qualified payments will not be treated as having constructively received gross income, wages, or compensation. Further, electing employees are not eligible to claim a charitable contribution deduction under Code Sec. 170 for the value of the forgone leave that funds said qualified payments.