Legislature OKs income tax check-off for American Red Cross - WNEM TV 5

Legislature OKs income tax check-off for American Red Cross

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Legislation sent to Gov. Rick Snyder would let Michigan residents voluntarily donate a portion of their state tax return to the American Red Cross.

The bills received final approval from the Legislature Tuesday.

The most recent form included income tax check-offs for eight funds benefiting the Alzheimer's Association of Michigan, the Special Olympics, the United Way and other causes. Nearly $600,000 was raised in the 2014 tax year.

The bills' sponsor, Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Rapids, says the American Red Cross is one of the country's "most impactful and dedicated humanitarian associations."

Michigan law limits the number of income tax check-offs in a single year to 10 and requires funds that don't raise at least $50,000 for two consecutive years to be removed from the income tax form.

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