Help Your State’s Animals at Income Tax Time

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:15pm
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Many of us dread filing our taxes—and understandably so. But as you navigate through complicated forms and piles of receipts, be aware that some states offer their citizens a chance to help animals at tax time. Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia have statewide spay/neuter programs that are funded by a voluntary income tax check-off. Contributing part of your tax return toward providing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to needy dogs and cats is a great way to help animals in your community!

Animal advocates lobbied hard to pass the laws that created these voluntary tax check-offs, but in order for the programs to be successful and continue, taxpayers have to take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate a small portion of their tax return to spay/neuter services. If you live in one of the states listed above, click on it to find out how to contribute when you file!

Is your state missing from the list? Tell your state legislators you want to see a voluntary income tax check-off in your state—look up their names and phone numbers here.  

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