Help local children when filing Michigan taxes
Area residents can help keep kids safe in Livingston County this tax season by adding a simple checkmark to Form 4642 on Michigan 2013 state income tax returns.
Donations made by local residents to the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) will result in dollars coming directly back to support programs aimed at protecting children in Livingston County.
LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF). Each year, CTF provides grant funding for programs run by the CAP Council in Livingston County, as well as other local councils across the state.
This year and next, CTF will track Form 4642 donations from each county. Increases in those donations over previous years will then be used to calculate increases in funding for each county during the next grant cycle.
“We have a unique opportunity to increase the funds available in our community to prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Deanna Norris, director of LACASA’s CAP Council.
LACASA Center has launched a Check the Box campaign to encourage county residents to donate, Norris said. “We are calling on our citizens to check the box, make a donation, and show the rest of the state how much Livingston County cares about its kids.”
All increases in tax check-off revenues to the Children’s Trust Fund from local residents will be added to the CAP Council’s next grant, said Norris. “This will strengthen our capacity to serve children right here in Livingston County.”
In simple terms, the more dollars donated by Livingston County residents, the greater the impact on local children and families. LACASA’s CAP Council is asking county residents to help protect children by using Form 4642 and checking Line 6 to contribute to the Children’s Trust Fund.
“Contributions can be for as little as five dollars, or they can be more,” Norris said. “Every dollar makes a difference.”
LACASA’s CAP Council provides a variety of seminars, workshops and awareness programs throughout the community each year to help prevent child neglect, child abuse and child sexual abuse.
“The CAP Council works to educate parents, teachers and professionals who work with children about how to recognize and react responsibly to suspected child abuse,” said Norris. “The programs we offer significantly impact the lives of children in our neighborhoods, our schools, and our community.”
All 2013 donations are deductible on next year’s federal tax returns, said Norris.