Veterans' Affairs asks taxpayers to share their refunds with
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[March 11, 2009]
CHICAGO -- As Illinoisans
continue to fill out their state tax returns, Illinois Department of
Veterans' Affairs Director Dan Grant is reminding residents about an
easy and effortless way to help the state's military heroes.
Taxpayers can share their refunds by completing Step 10 on their
Illinois tax return and donating to the four state veterans homes.
"Times are tough, and we need all the help we can get to ensure that
the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedoms
are receiving the best care, services and treatment that we can give
them," Grant said. "I want to encourage all Illinoisans, when
completing their 2008 income tax returns, to fill out Step 10 and
make a donation to the Illinois Veterans' Home Fund. This is a
simple way to support our veterans and a way to say thank you for
all that they have done."
The Illinois Veterans' Home Fund was
added to the state's list of voluntary contribution funds in 2004.
The money raised through the fund is used to purchase much-needed
supplies and equipment to enhance the lives of the nearly 1,000
residents of the state's four veterans homes, located in Anna,
LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy. Last year, Illinois residents
generously donated more than $141,700 to the fund. Examples of some
of the purchases made with the donations are bicycles and
accessories, digital cameras, computers and monitors, and custom
Residents must complete Schedule G to identify the charitable
organization the donation in Step 10 of the IL-1040 tax form is to
be made to. Using electronic filing makes completing this form much
easier and provides the added benefit of processing the donation
"Our veterans stood forward when this country needed them the
most. They risked their lives to defend us. Now, we all have a
responsibility to care for them when they return home and for the
rest of their lives," Grant added. "So please -- make a donation to
the Illinois Veterans' Home Fund from a portion of your 2008 income
tax refund and help support our veterans."
For more information, call the Illinois Department of Veterans'
Affairs at 1-800-437-9824.
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