FAQs

What is a tax checkoff donation?

Checkoff contributions in Colorado are voluntary donations from a taxpayer’s refund or an additional amount added to his or her tax liability.

How do I make a donation?

Making a donation is really easy! At the end of your tax form, simply choose which charities you want to donate to and write in the amount you want to contribute. You can do this yourself, or ask your tax preparer to do it on your behalf.

I didn’t get a refund. Can I still make a donation?

Donations can be made to any of the organizations listed on the 2016 Colorado tax return and typically do come from a taxpayer’s refund. However, you can still make a donation, even if you owe money on your taxes.

How will my donation be used?

Donations are collected by the Colorado Department of Revenue and then distributed to each fund. Funds use the donations to help communities all across the state. The great part about Checkoff Colorado is that every single dollar donated goes to the nonprofit and every single dollar stays in Colorado!

What nonprofits are part of the checkoff program?

This year, 19 nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive voluntary tax checkoff donations. Seven of those organizations have opted to participate in our public awareness campaign. Learn more about the nonprofits

How are the nonprofits chosen?

The General Assembly determines which organizations will be eligible to receive donations. Legislation is required to create a new income tax checkoff and to establish a new cash fund in the state treasury to collect donations. Funds must continue to meet certain criteria to remain in the program.

What is the average checkoff donation?

The average donation is $10, and the typical taxpayer gives to three funds.

To how many funds can I donate?

You can donate to as many funds as you’d like, as much as you’d like. There is no ceiling.

How much was raised last year?

Last year, donations to the funds totaled $1,535,900.

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