California Arts Council

State of California

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January 21, 2011Mary Beth Barber

New Opportunity to help fund California arts through state tax returns

Californians will be able to contribute to arts statewide via their annual state tax refunds

Sacramento -

Arts lovers should keep "tax day" in 2011 in mind for a great way to help the arts in the Golden State. Californians can now directly contribute to the California Arts Council through their annual tax refunds to advance the arts and arts education. The 2010 tax return form from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will allow California taxpayers to contribute part of their personal income tax refund to the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children and communities.

The Arts Council is included on the 2010 "Voluntary Contribution" portion of the FTB tax return after the passage of SB 1076 in 2010 by Senator Curren Price. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Arts supporters who use accounting services should reach out to their tax preparers and express their desire to contribute to the California Arts Council, and encourage others to explore the opportunity to support California arts as well.

"The California Arts Council is thrilled to be part of the volunteer tax check-off program from the Franchise Tax Board," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. "We are grateful to Senator Curren Price for initiating the enabling legislation that allows Californians to directly contribute to the arts through their state tax refunds."

Californians and/or their tax preparers can find the Arts Council Fund donation space on page 3 of the printed form, at line item "415" under "Contributions." The individual contributions are then calculated and noted on line item 110.

The California Arts Council has arts programs for children and communities throughout the state through its programs including Artists in Schools, State-Local Partnerships in the Arts (for local arts agencies), Creating Public Value in the Arts, and Poetry Out Loud. A full list can be found at .

Members of the media may contact: Mary Beth Barber, Communications Director, California Arts Council, 916-322-6588 (office), 916-835-5580 (cell), or  Individuals interested in detailed information on the Franchise Tax Board's voluntary contribution portion of FTB Form 540 Individual Tax Return should contact Marilyn Nielsen, Interim Director, at 916-322-6404 or  

Suggestions and helpful guidelines will be forthcoming from the California Arts Council on how individual tax payers can work with computerized tax systems to contribute to the Arts Council Fund as the information becomes available.

For more information on the California Arts Council and the arts programs and organizations supported by the agency, please go to .

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Karen Skelton, and Susan Steinhauser.

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