Donating to Special Olympics Michigan is as easy as making a designation on your state income tax form.
How it works.
When preparing your 2016 Michigan income taxes, simply find the section called "Voluntary Contributions" form (Form 4642) and select Special Olympics Michigan in the listing of nonprofit organizations. Then, indicate the amount you'd like to donate. If you are receiving a refund, this donation will be taken directly from your refund. If you are not receiving a refund, this donation will increase your tax due.
You can also download the Voluntary Contributions Schedule by clicking here. Or, if you use a tax preparer, let them know how much you'd like to contribute.
Why should you contribute?
Donating a portion of your tax return to SOMI will ensure we can continue to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports to more than 23,000 athletes here in Michigan. Through programs in sports health, education, and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Gifts may be tax deductible on your 2016 taxes. Funds raised will:
Provide free health screenings to people with intellectual disabilities who are at an increased risk of secondary health issues through Healthy Athletes®.
Encourage students with and without intellectual disabilities to play side-by-side on sports teams and discuss topics to reverse stereotypes. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools reduces bullying in schools by replacing the word "retard" with respect.
Build confidence and self-esteem of our athletes to help them become more self-sufficient and secure jobs in their communities.
Frequently asked questions
Since I am making this donation in 2017, does that mean I can apply it to my 2017 income tax return?
No, your donation will be considered a gift from the 2016 tax year.
Where can I find Tax Form 4642?
If filing electronically or using tax software, you will be able to fill out Tax Form 4642 toward the end of your electronic return. Please use the help or search options in your tax program to locate the form if it doesn't come up automatically.
Is there a minimum or maximum amount that I can donate?
Yes, the minimum amount is $5. There is not a maximum amount.
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
No, you will not receive a separate receipt. You should keep a copy of your tax forms as a receipt for your reference.
How else can you help?
Encourage your friends and family to make a tax donation to Special Olympics Michigan.
Ask your employer or tax preparer if you can display information about the Special Olympics Michigan income tax check-off throughout your office or insert a copy of the Voluntary Contributions Schedule (Form 4642) into employee mailboxes, paychecks, etc.
Put information in your company newsletter or a company-wide email, mention it at staff meetings or other employee gatherings.
Promote the income tax checkoff at your school, place of worship, fitness center or library and in their newsletters, bulletins, websites, etc.
Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Share your story and let people know why Special Olympics Michigan is special to you.