California Arts Council

State of California

Late Filing State Taxes? Still an Opportunity to Contribute to "Arts Council Fund"

Oct. 15 is this year's late filing deadline

Published: 09-13-2012

October 15 is the last day to file your 2011 state tax return to avoid penalties and interest computed from the original due date of April 16, 2012. For those who are filing late, it's a good time to make a tax-deductible contribution to the "Arts Council Fund," a.k.a. Tax Checkoff for the Arts

About 9% of filers submit their returns between the traditional mid-April deadline and the late deadline in mid-October each year, according to Larry Gilbert of the Statistics Research Section of the Franchise Tax Board.

The Arts Council enthusiastically thank all Californians who have already contributed over $146,000 through the end of July to advance the arts in California, and thank all the arts organizations that have helped the California Arts Council promote this new funding source in our first year of participation.

Background: The Arts Council was included on the "Voluntary Contribution" portion of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) tax return after the passage in 2010 of SB 1076 by Senator Curren Price. The FTB's 2010 tax return form permits California taxpayers to contribute part of their personal income tax refund to the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children and communities.

Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Funds will be used to advance the arts and arts education -- no portion of the Arts Council Fund goes to administrative expenses. More information on Tax Checkoff for the Arts.

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