The PROTECT OUR COAST AND OCEANS FUND is listed in the Voluntary Contributions section of the California state income tax return. Taxpayers can simply fill in a tax deductible donation amount in the box next to this fund, which is Code 424. You can donate any amount in whole dollars.
Near the end of the form, just before you total the amount you owe or will receive as a refund. On California Tax Form 540 and 540 NR you'll find the Voluntary Contributions on Side 4. On Form 540 2EZ they are on Side 3.
If you use Turbo Tax, there is a page that asks "Donate to a California Special Fund?" Click "Yes" and a page with the list of funds will come up. Halfway down the list find the PROTECT OUR COAST AND OCEANS FUND and enter your donation in the box. If you use H&R Block software, you will come to a page that says "Tell us about these last items to finish your California return." Check the box next to "I want to contribute to a California Fund" and a page with a list of funds will come up. Find the PROTECT OUR COAST AND OCEANS FUND and enter your donation in the box.
Notify your tax preparer that you would like to make a donation to the PROTECT OUR COAST AND OCEANS FUND!
Yes, your donation will be deductible on your 2023 federal tax return (if you itemize deductions).
Contributions to this fund go back into communities through the Coastal Commission's WHALE TAIL® Grants program, which supports coastal education and stewardship of the California coast and its watersheds. WHALE TAIL® grants help clean up shorelines, restore habitat, expand beach access, and provide educational experiences for California's children and the general public, with a focus on reaching communities that are poorly served in terms of access and coastal education.
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