WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously passed a hurricane tax-relief bill on Thursday that offers breaks and incentives to victims to rebuild homes, find jobs and access housing, as well as provide some tax breaks for businesses in the devastated Gulf Coast region.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Max Baucus (D., Montana), must be reconciled with a version in the House.

The package offers a series of incentives, including an employee retention credit that allows a 40 percent tax credit for wages up to $6,000 if paid after Aug. 28 and before Dec. 31 by employers in the disaster zone. It increases the amount allowed annually as a corporate charitable deduction to 15 percent from 10 percent and allows individuals to make early withdrawals from retirement plans without being penalized.

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