Proos supports new income tax donation options

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LANSING, Mich. — Southwest Michigan residents will be able to make voluntary donations on their state tax returns to help support foster kids scholarships, two nonprofit foundations and a fund for a World War II memorial under bills recently signed by the governor.

“For generations, Michigan families have made generous contributions to organizations to help our children, pay tribute to our veterans and improve our communities,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Each of these new acts will soon give Michigan taxpayers a chance to support these endeavors by simply checking a box on their state income tax form.”

Public Acts 256 and 257 of 2018 create the Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial Fund and a checkoff to enable taxpayers to choose to direct a portion of their state income tax return to the fund to help build a memorial honoring the 620,000 Michigan residents who served during World War II and the 15,458 service members who lost their lives.

“The state memorial would enshrine the legacy of Michigan’s World War II veterans who risked their lives — and too often died — to protect the world from hatred and oppression,” Proos said.

PAs 252 and 253 of 2018 create the Fostering Futures Scholarship income tax checkoff and direct its contributions to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund, which provides eligible foster youth with scholarships to assist with tuition, room and board, and other associated costs.

“Michigan foster kids often face many challenges in life,” Proos said. “The Fostering Futures Scholarship fund helps more of our foster children afford to go to college and achieve their dreams.”

PAs 254, 255, 258 and 259 of 2018 create checkoffs for the Lions of Michigan Foundation and the Kiwanis Club and funds to collect the donations and distribute them to the organizations. The Lions of Michigan Foundation works with Michigan Lions Clubs and other charities to provide assistance to children and adults with vision and hearing deficiencies, and the Kiwanis organizations help ensure children have what they need to be safe and successful.

“While these donations would have no impact on the state budget, they could help make possible a tremendous amount of good work,” Proos said.


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