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Contributing to conservation on tax reform
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SOCIAL CIRCLE — As Georgians file their annual income tax forms, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants to remind residents they can support wildlife at tax time.
The “Give Wildlife a Chance” state income tax checkoff provides a hassle-free option for donating to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. Proceeds are used to fun wildlife conservation projects statewide.
“The income tax checkoff is an easy way to donate to wildlife conservation,” said Mike Harris, Nongame Conservation Section chief for the WRD. “Donations made to the Nongame Conservation Section are especially important because the section receives no state appropriations for its numerous conservation projects each year.”
By filling in any amount more than $1 on line 26 of the long form (Form 500) or line 10 of the short form (Form 500EZ), citizens can donate to support nongame species management and conservation in Georgia. For those receiving a refund, the donation can be deducted from the refund. For those who owe taxes, the donation can be added to the payment.
The income tax checkoff and the wildlife license plates depicting a bald eagle or hummingbird are important funding sources for conservation projects benefiting peregrine falcons, manatees, frogs, salamanders, sea turtles, songbirds, and other native wildlife and plants, Harris said.
Funds raised from the checkoff and wildlife tags also help acquire critical habitat and further conservation, recreation and education projects throughout the state.
For more information on projects, visit or call Nongame Conservation offices in Brunswick at (912) 264-7218.
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