www.mybaycity.com December 17, 2008
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House Passes Mayes' Plan to Encourage Donations to United Way

Taxpayers Will Have Convenient, Voluntary Income Tax Checkoff Option

December 17, 2008
By: MyBayCity Staff


PRESS RELEASE: The Michigan House of Representatives passed a plan sponsored by State Representative Jeff Mayes (D-Bay City) to create an income tax checkoff option that will provide Michigan residents with a convenient way to voluntarily donate to the United Way.

"A growing number of families across Michigan are struggling," Mayes said. "Many of these families are turning to organizations like the United Way, who are trying to serve more people with declining resources. With this new tax checkoff option, residents who choose to help their neighbors will have an easy way to contribute."

Checkoff boxes, which allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their tax return, are commonly used on income tax forms. Michigan currently has income tax checkoffs for the Animal Welfare Fund, the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund, the Children's Trust Fund, the Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Program, the Military Family Relief Fund, and Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund.

The Michigan Association of United Ways is a nonprofit agency that was founded in 1947 by a group of community and labor leaders to simplify the gathering and distribution of funds that were received through charitable giving.

Mayes' plan was passed along with a plan introduced by State Representative Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) that will create the United Way fund within the Michigan Department of Treasury to distribute the money raised by the checkoff option. Both plans passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

"United Ways across Michigan are working to address local basic needs and this plan will allow residents to help make a positive impact on our community in measurable and lasting ways," Mayes said. "My colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, came together and passed this plan to put Michigan families first. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same."



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