Late Filers: Contribute to the Arts Council Fund

Mon, 10/03/2011 (All day)

California Arts CouncilIf you plan to file a 2010 state tax return for the later filer deadline of October 17th, 2011, please consider checking the Voluntary Contribution box to contribute $1 or more to the California Arts Council.  According to the CAC, the total contributed so far by 15,852 California taxpayers in 2011 is roughly $155,000.  This is the first year that the Arts Council has been included in the "Voluntary Contribution" portion of the Franchise Tax Board state return. California State Senator Curren D. Price was instrumental in the passage of SB1076, the bill that put the Arts Council onto the Voluntary Contribution list.

From the CAC: October 17 is the last day to file your 2010 state tax return to avoid penalties and interest computed from the original due date of April 15, 2011. The California Arts Council hopes to see an uptick in voluntary contributions to the Arts Council Fund when that late filing deadline passes. About 9% of filers submit their returns between the April 15th deadline and the late deadline in mid-October each year, according to Larry Gilbert of the Statistics Research Section of the Franchise Tax Board. 

The FTB's 2010 tax return form permits California taxpayers to contribute part of their personal income tax refund to the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children and communities. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Funds will be used to advance the arts and arts education -- no portion of the Arts Council Fund goes to administrative expenses. For more information, see: http://www.cac.ca.gov/files/checkoff.php