Did you know you can contribute to the California Fire Foundation when you file your state income taxes?
California law allows taxpayers to contribute money to one or multiple funds by checking a box on their state income tax return. Contributions must be deducted from a person’s tax refund or added to the amount owed. Donations made through the tax checkoff may be claimed on a charitable contribution on your returns the following year.
How to contribute:
When completing your State Tax Form 540, look for the California Firefighters’ Memorial fund on line 406 under Voluntary Contributions.
Indicate an amount, in $1 increments, that you’d like to contribute. That amount will either be deducted from your refund or you will add it to the amount you owe when making your payment.
When you file the following year, you will be able to count your contribution among those allowable for charitable causes.
If someone else prepares your income tax returns, remember to tell him or her that you want to donate to the California Firefighters’ Memorial Fund on line 406!
- The California Firefighters’ Memorial Fund checkoff first appeared on the 1993 California tax return.
- To view the Franchise Tax Board chart of donations made to the California Firefighters’ Memorial Fund since 2010, click here.
- Funds received through the tax checkoff are used for the maintenance and site repair of the California Firefighters’ Memorial as well as the Annual California Firefighters’ Memorial Ceremonies, a survivor benefits guide and survivor assistance. To learn more about how the funds are distributed, click here.