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New opportunity to help fund California arts through state tax returns

Arts lovers should keep “tax day” in 2011 in mind for a great way to help the arts in the Golden State. Californians interested in increasing funding for arts programs now have a way to directly contribute to the California Arts Council through their annual tax refunds to advance the arts and arts education. The 2010 tax return form from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will allow California taxpayers to contribute part of their personal income tax refund to the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children and communities.

The Arts Council is included on the 2010 “Voluntary Contribution” portion of the FTB tax return after the passage of SB 1076 in 2009 by Senator Curren Price. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Arts supporters who use accounting services should reach out to their tax preparers and express their desire to contribute to the California Arts Council, and encourage others to explore the opportunity to support California arts as well.

“The California Arts Council is thrilled to be part of the volunteer tax check-off program from the Franchise Tax Board,” said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. “We are grateful to Senator Curren Price for initiating the enabling legislation that allows Californians to directly contribute to the arts through their state tax refunds.”

The California Arts Council has arts programs for children and communities throughout the state including Artists in Schools, State-Local Partnerships in the Arts (for local arts agencies), Creating Public Value in the Arts, and Poetry Out Loud. A full list can be found on their Grantee Listing and Map page.

Individuals interested in detailed information on the Franchise Tax Board’s voluntary contribution portion of FTB Form 540 Individual Tax Return should contact Marilyn Nielsen, Deputy Director, at 916-322-6404 or mnielsen@cac.ca.gov. More information will be forthcoming from the California Arts Council on the tax form, the line item number for the California Arts Council contribution, and how individual taxpayers can work with computerized tax systems as the information becomes available.

POWER POINT ON HOW TO CONTRIBUTE ON TAX FILINGS

The California Arts Council has put together a presentation that gives an overview of how California taxpayers can contribute on their tax forms. The presentation includes graphics of the FTB Form 540, 540A and 540EZ, as well as a sample from TurboTax.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

The California Arts Council has created flyers and web banner ads to help spread the word that California taxpayers can now contribute part of their state tax refund to the California Arts Council. Interested in helping? Print out the following flyers and place in appropriate areas to inform the public. (FYI: please don’t litter, over-flyer or post illegally).

TAX CHECK-OFF FOR THE ARTS FLYER-BLACK/WHITE

TAX CHECK-OFF FOR THE ARTS FLYER-RED

For a link to the series of banner ads, please click HERE.  Please link the banner(s) to the ARTS TAX CHECK-OFF INFO PAGE . Many thanks from the California Arts Council!

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