Proos: New laws allow tax checkoff for American Red Cross

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan residents will be able to make voluntary donations on their state tax returns to help support the American Red Cross under new laws supported by Sen. John Proos.

“For more than 100 years, the American Red Cross has helped millions of people — from helping a family after a house fire to responding to tens of thousands of disasters every year,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I was proud to support these new laws, which will give all Michigan residents the opportunity to donate to this outstanding humanitarian organization with a simple checkoff box on their state income tax form.”

Public Acts 183 and 184 of 2016 create an individual income tax checkoff in support of the American Red Cross in Michigan, allowing taxpayers to choose to direct $5, $10, or more of their income tax return to the American Red Cross in Michigan.

The laws also create the American Red Cross Michigan Fund, which will receive donations from the checkoff for distribution to all the Michigan chapters of the Red Cross.

“While these donations would have no impact on the state budget, they could help a wonderful organization continue to make a huge impact in our communities,” Proos said. “In addition to their humanitarian efforts, the Red Cross also is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. and our leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, first aid and lifeguard training.”

There were eight funds with checkoffs still on the 2015 state income tax form. Those funds raised nearly $600,000 during the 2014 tax year. Michigan law requires a checkoff to raise at least $50,000 in a single tax year for two consecutive years in order to remain on the form.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.