Help local children when filing Michigan taxes

MANISTEE — Area residents can help keep kids safe in Manistee County this tax season by adding a simple  checkmark to Form 4642 on Michigan state income tax returns.

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

The Manistee County Child Advocacy Center is a designated local council of CTF. Each year, CTF provides grant funding for programs run by the Child Advocacy Center, as well as other local councils across the state.

CTF will again track Form 4642 donations from each county. Increases in those donations over previous years will then be used to calculate increases in funding for each county during the next grant cycle.

“We have been presented an amazing opportunity to increase funding in our community to prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Traci Smith executive director of the Manistee County Child Advocacy Center.

The Child Advocacy Center has launched a Check the Box campaign to encourage county residents to donate, said Smith. “We are asking residents to check the box, make a donation, and show the rest of the state how much Manistee County cares about its kids”. Help protect children by using Form 4642 and checking Line 6 to contribute to the Children’s Trust Fund.

All increases in tax check-off revenues to the Children’s Trust Fund from local residents will be added to the local council’s next grant. “This will strengthen our capacity to serve children right here in Manistee County”, said Smith.

The more dollars donated by Manistee County residents, the greater the impact on local children and families.

“Contributions can be as little as five dollars, or they can be more,” Smith said. “every dollar makes a difference.”

The Manistee County Child Advocacy Center works together with partnering agencies to protect vulnerable children and support families.

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