The Tax Check-off Program provides a way for Missourians to support CTF and our mission to prevent child abuse and neglect. When the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) was established in 1983, the General Assembly determined that general revenue from the State of Missouri would not be appropriated to fund its activities. It was determined that the Tax Check-off Program would serve as the primary source of funding where donations to CTF could be made by the public on their state income tax returns.
Donations peaked in 1990, generating almost $600,000 for CTF and child abuse prevention. Since 1990, as other worthwhile programs have been added as options to the check-off program, revenues have declined from this funding source. However, the check-off program remains a very important financial resource for CTF. In 2012, Missourians generously donated nearly $85,000.
Currently CTF also receives funding from dedicated fees from marriage licenses and vital records, sales of the “prevent child abuse” specialty license plate, interest income from the Fund, the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Federal grant, and other voluntary contributions.
Look for the handprints! Please note on your Missouri tax return the instructions on the first page on how you can choose to give all or a portion of your refund to CTF. You may also make a donation of any amount you wish by attaching a check made payable to CTF. Locate the box with the CTF handprint logo, check the box and indicate the amount of your contribution. Please contact your accountant for additional information.
A $25 donation or more may be used to fulfill the requirement for obtaining a CTF specialty license plate. Just fax a copy of your income tax form to the CTF office at 573-751-0254 or mail it to P.O. Box 1641, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1641. Be sure your faxed form indicates your donation amount and contact information. Upon receipt, CTF will mail you the Logo Use Authorization Statement (donation receipt) for presentation to the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) when requesting a CTF plate.
Please remember that your donations are tax deductible, and CTF receives no general revenue funds from the State. Thank you for helping to build Strong Families, Safe Kids in Missouri.