President Barack Obama, on Wednesday, April 1, signed into law the Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015, a bill authored by Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries that extends the tax deadline so that those making charitable donations to organizations supporting the families of slain NYPD detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos through April 15, 2015 can apply such tax deductions to their 2014 tax return.
Prior to enactment, only donations made by December 31 of last year had qualified for a tax deduction in connection with a 2015 filing. The law retroactively applies to any contribution made during the 2015 calendar year.
“The assassination of Detective Ramos and Detective Liu was a national tragedy, and it required a national response,” said Jeffries. “We cannot bring these heroes back, but we must do everything possible to support the families they left behind.”
Liu, a 32-year-old newlywed from Bensonhurst, and Ramos, a 40-year-old Sunset Park native, husband and father of two, were shot at point-blank range in their marked NYPD car on Saturday, December 20.