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 four 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.

These four programs are listed below:

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

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 want to make additional donations to this fund, you can 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 tax-deductible (for 2014) 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 and Natural Areas

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. If you do not have an overpayment but wish 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

The Divison of Natural Areas and Preserves uses these funds to play an important role in protecting Ohio’s nature preserves by contributing to the preservation of endangered species and rare habitat. Donations are needed to manage natural areas, improve public facilities and provide educational opportunities. If you do not have an overpayment to donate but wish 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

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.

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 deductible on next year’s federal income tax return.