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 2009 by Senator Curren Price. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more.
“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.