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State tax form checkoff proposed to help homeless

A plan that would make it easier to donate money to help the homeless by using a checkoff system on Minnesota tax returns — similar to the campaign financing and non-game wildlife programs — has been introduced in the Legislature.
The idea came fro

A plan that would make it easier to donate money to help the homeless by using a checkoff system on Minnesota tax returns — similar to the campaign financing and non-game wildlife programs — has been introduced in the Legislature.

The idea came from Arthur Nguyen, a junior at St. Paul Johnson High School; he and his school counselor Dan Kennedy lobbied for it at the Capitol. Bills were introduced this week in the House by Rep. John Lesch, a DFL from St. Paul, and in the Senate by Sen. Ellen Anderson, also a St. Paul DFLer.

By checking the box on tax returns or property tax refund claims, taxpayers could designate $1 or more of their refund or add $1 or more in taxes, to help food shelves and homeless shelters in their area.