Pulse victims and their families now have one less thing to worry about when it comes to receiving aid.

Last week, the IRS confirmed that the nearly $25 million in donations to Pulse victims through the OneOrlando Fund will be exempt from income tax.

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy requested clarification from the IRS on taxes from the fund earlier last week.
"The compassion of a heartbroken nation should not lead to a massive tax bill," Murphy wrote in a letter to the IRS on Tuesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen responded late last week: "Payments that individuals receive from a charitable organization as a result of a disaster or emergency hardship are considered to be gifts and are excluded from the gross income of the recipients.”

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Donations from the OneOrlando Fund will go toward the families of the 49 deceased from the mass-shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando earlier this year. The money will also go to survivors.


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