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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2016

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Sen. Nathan Dahm
Sen. Nathan Dahm

Taxpayers can donate their refund to help boost state revenues

Gov. Fallin signed legislation Thursday to allow taxpayers to donate their income tax refund to the state. Senate Bill 1085, authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm, will create a checkoff box to allow individuals to donate all or a portion of their state income tax refund or make a direct donation to the state General Revenue Fund (GRF).

“We’re facing a historic revenue shortfall because of the tumbling energy prices and other economic factors. Some have criticized the legislature and governor saying the state’s debt is because of past decisions and that we should or shouldn’t have taken certain actions like reducing the income tax rate,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow. “This new law will provide those individuals the opportunity to donate their income tax refund back to the state since they claim they are very willing to pay more in taxes. It’ll be interesting to see how much money is actually donated.”

The Tax Commission indicates the establishment of an income tax checkoff for the benefit of the GRF may result in a minimal increase in revenue to the Fund. There was nearly $122,000 donated in FY’15 by taxpayers to the various existing income tax checkoffs, with the largest designation receiving approximately $26,000.

The new law will go into effect January 1, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Sen. Dahm: (405) 521-5551

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