Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio Department of Taxation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering many different categories.

To view the questions, click on the "Select Category" bar and then click on the category you are interested in.  A list of questions will appear pertaining to that category. Then click on the question you are inquiring about and the answer will appear.

I am requesting a refund and want to make a donation to one or more of the programs listed on the Ohio income tax return. How are donations handled?

If you are requesting a refund, you may donate part or all of it to any one or more of five state-sponsored programs listed on the Ohio income tax return. If you are making a donation, complete the appropriate lines on your Ohio income tax return.

Because your tax return is confidential, we cannot release your name to the fund administrator, but the administrators extend appreciation to those who donate. Please note that your donation may be tax-deductible on the year 2015 federal income tax return.

NOTE: A donation will reduce that amount of refund that you are due. If you decide to donate, this decision is final. You cannot change your mind and later ask for your donations to be refunded.

These five programs are listed below:

  • Military Injury Relief Fund
  • Ohio Historical Society
  • Wildlife Species and Endangered Wildlife
  • Natural Areas/Endangered Species
  • Breast/Cervical Cancer

Military Injury Relief Fund

This fund is administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the purpose of providing grants to individuals injured while in active service as a member of the United States armed forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.

If you do not have an overpayment but want to donate to provide grants to such individuals, you may do so by writing a check payable to the “Ohio Treasurer of State - ODJFS” and mailing it to the following:

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Military Injury Relief Fund
P.O. Box 182367
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2367

Ohio Historical Society

The Ohio Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that allocates these funds toward a matching grants program to support state and local history-related projects throughout Ohio.

If you do not have an overpayment but want to donate to provide grants to promote and protect Ohio’s rich history, you may do so by writing a check payable to “The Ohio Historical Society Income Tax Contribution Fund” and mailing it to:

The Ohio Historical Society
Attn: Business Office
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211-2474
Donations may also be made online at www.ohiohistory.org. .

Wildlife Species and Endangered Wildlife

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) administers both the Wildlife and Natural Areas programs separately.

The Division of Wildlife uses these funds to establish habitat and protect open spaces for wildlife. Past donations have helped to restore populations of endangered species. Your generous donation will continue to help support Ohio's native wildlife - a natural treasure. 

If you do not have an overpayment but you want to donate to provide grants to protect Ohio's natural heritage. You may may do so by writing a check payable to the "Nongame and Endangered Wildlife special Account" and mailing it to:

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Road, Building G-2
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693

To make a donation online or to learn more, visit www.wildohio.com scroll to the bottom and select "Support Wildlife - Donate Today!"

State Nature Preserves

The Division of Natural Areas and Preserves uses these funds to protect Ohio’s state nature preserves, natural areas and endangered species habitat. Donations are desperately needed to make the difference between adequate management of Ohio's most fragile habitats and ongoing degradation due to invasive exotic species and other threats. Please assist us in protecting your natural heritage.

If you do not have an overpayment but want to donate to protect Ohio’s natural areas, you may do so by writing a check payable to either to the “Natural Areas and Endangered Species Fund”  and mailing it to:

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
2045 Morse Road, Building C-3
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693

To learn more, visit http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov and select "Support Natural Areas."

Breast and Cervical Cancer Project

Contributions made to the project are used to provide free breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and outreach/case management services to uninsured and underinsured Ohio women. The project is administered by the Ohio Department of Health and is operated through 11 regional agencies, which enroll women in the program and schedule them for services with clinical providers in the agency's service area.

If you do not have an overpayment, but you want to donate to provide grants for free breast and cervical cancer screening, you may do so by writing a check payable to "Ohio Treasurer of State" or "Ohio Department of Health" and mailing it to:

Ohio Department of Health
Attn: Breast & Cervical Cancer
P.O. Box 15278
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0278

In the description on the check, please write "Breast and Cervical Cancer Donation."

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