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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 9, 2015 12:52 PM
From: Senator Robert M. Tomlinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Charitable Contributions
Currently, when taxpayers file their Pennsylvania income tax returns, they may opt to donate a portion or all of their refund to the following charities: the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund, the Wild Resource Conservation Fund, the Military Relief Assistance Program, the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund and Juvenile (Type 1) Diabetes Cure Research Fund.

Last year, over $364,000 was raised for these charities through this program. This year, PA Children’s Trust Fund and the American Red Cross have been added to the list of eligible recipients. However, donation provision only applies when a refund is available.

Please join me in co-sponsoring legislation to expand the ability for taxpayers to contribute to these charities through their tax returns by allowing donations when there is no tax due or they are remitting a tax payment to the Commonwealth.

This legislation was co-sponsored last session by Senators Browne, Mensch, Erickson, Costa, Fontana, Solobay, Eichelberger and Rafferty as Senate Bill 253.

Introduced as SB591