Checkoff for Animals! Help Abused and Abandoned Animals on California Tax Return

FundLogoLos Angeles, CA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) encourages all Californians to help abused and abandoned animals by checking off line 431 on their state tax return.  The Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty Fund gives taxpayers the opportunity to help animals in need in the state of California by making a voluntary contribution to the fund on their returns.

As one of the 19 voluntary contribution funds available to taxpayers, the Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty Fund will provide grants to animal control agencies, SPCAs, and humane societies to end dog and cat homelessness as well as prevent, investigate, and prosecute animal abuse. A voluntary contribution is an election made by the taxpayer to designate amounts on his or her tax return to charitable funds.

Contributions to the Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty Fund can be made on Line 431 of any of these California income tax returns: 540 2EZ, 540, 540NR Long or Short Form, and 541, Schedule C. These contributions will also qualify as charitable deductions (in the year following the contribution) on the federal income tax returns.

For 2015, there is no minimum amount required for the Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty Fund to earn. However on the 2016 returns, the Fund must collect a minimum of $250,000 (adjusted for inflation) or it will be dropped from the returns for 2017.

The California Department of Food & Agriculture will administer grants from the Fund to public animal control shelters and agencies as well as SPCAs and humane societies. The first $250,000 in grants will be awarded to public animal control agencies and shelters for spay/neuter of dogs and cats.

Society for the Prevention Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877.  There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA.  Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.

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spcaLA Contact
Ana Bustilloz
323-730-5300 x252, cell 323-707-1271

State Humane Association of California
Erica Gaudet
510-525-2744 x1