Help protect local children when filing Michigan taxes

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Lacasa_web-logo2LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council wants area residents to know they can help keep kids safe in Livingston County this tax season by adding a simple checkmark to Form 4642 on Michigan 2015 state income tax returns.

Donations made by local residents to the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) result in dollars coming directly back to support programs aimed at protecting children in Livingston County.

“We know how important it is to people that their donations are returned to the community and are used wisely. In the last two years, CTF has returned $42 to Livingston County for every dollar donated by our residents,” said Holly Naylor, CAP council coordinator.

“We appreciate the community’s generosity and use these funds for educational programs, community outreach, and professional trainings that can make such a difference in a child’s life.”

LACASA’s CAP Council is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund. CTF is the only statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Each year, CTF provides grant funding for programs run by the CAP Council as well as granting funds to other local councils across the state.

CTF tracks Form 4642 donations from each county. Increases in those donations over previous years are then used to calculate increases in funding for each county during the next grant cycle. In simple terms, the more dollars donated by Livingston County residents, the greater the impact on local children and families.

“This is such a simple way to increase the funds available in our community to prevent child abuse and neglect. Contributions can be as little as five dollars, and every dollar makes a difference,” said Naylor.

“We are calling on our citizens to check the box, make a donation, and show the rest of the state how much Livingston County cares about its kids,” she said.

LACASA’s CAP Council provides a variety of events, workshops and awareness programs throughout the community each year to help prevent child neglect, child abuse and child sexual abuse.

All 2015 donations are deductible on next year’s federal tax returns, said Naylor.

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