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Tax checkoff an easy way to support Georgia wildlife

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (March 6, 2008) -- As Georgians file their annual income tax forms, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division wants to remind residents they can support wildlife at tax time each year. The State Income Tax Checkoff provides a hassle-free option for donating to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. Proceeds from this initiative are used to fund critical wildlife conservation projects statewide.

"The income tax checkoff is an easy way to donate to wildlife conservation," said Mike Harris, Nongame Conservation Section chief for the Wildlife Resources Division. "Donations made to the Nongame Conservation Section are especially important because the section receives no state appropriations for its numerous conservation projects each year."

By filling in any amount more than $1 on line 26 of the long form (Form 500) or line 10 of the short form (Form 500EZ), citizens can make a direct donation to support nongame species management and conservation in Georgia. For those receiving a refund, the donation can be deducted from the amount of the refund. For those who owe taxes, the donation can be added to the payment.

The income tax checkoff and the wildlife license plates depicting a bald eagle or hummingbird are important funding sources for conservation projects benefiting peregrine falcons, manatees, frogs, salamanders, sea turtles, songbirds, and other native wildlife and plants. Funds raised from the checkoff and wildlife tags also help acquire critical habitat and further conservation, recreation and education projects throughout the state.

For more information on projects funded with checkoff and wildlife tag dollars, visit www.georgiawildlife.com or contact Nongame Conservation offices in Social Circle (770-761-3035), Forsyth (478-994-1438) or Brunswick (912-264-7218). Through support of both the checkoff and nongame wildlife plates, Georgians can help give wildlife a chance.


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