The 896 early birds who filed in January 2009 designated $8,630 toward ALS research. Avg donation per filer was $9.63
Through March, 8000+ taxpayers had designated $86,154 to the fund. The average donation thru March was $10.76 per return.
April filers were even more generous!! 6240 Californians checked the ALS box and an additional $76,931 was directed to the research fund. Avg. donation on the April returns: $12.33!
So....the totals for the 2008 tax season are: 14,248 returns, with an average donation of $11.45 per return, for a grand total of $163,085 designated for research. Hard times always seem to bring out the best in people, and it’s amazing (and gratifying!) to see how quickly it all adds up!
You can check our progress, by clicking the following link to the contribution report: http://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/vcfsr/reports/023.pdf
PS: If you filed an extension...please remember to "check the ALS box" when you file your return.