Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fewer Taxpayers Donate Refunds via Checkoff Programs

USA Today is reporting that fewer taxpayers are giving their refunds to charity.

According to the article, every state collecting income taxes offers its citizens the opportunity to direct refund checks to charity. But this method of giving seems to be falling out of favor. For example, in Oregon more than 120,000 taxpayers took advantage of this opportunity in 1996, but only about 85,000 did so last year. Charities blame the increased competition (inclusion of more charities in the program over the years) for the attrition of donors. Despite the declines in giving, many charities are still clamoring to be added to the various state income tax checkoff programs.

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