2017-02-17 / Business

Tax filers can help save otters

Tax payers filing their annual income tax returns this year can take a little of the sting out of the chore by helping save the state’s native plants and animals in the process.

Filers can simply enter the amount they wish to donate on line 403 of the tax return form, which automatically ensures the money will go to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program.

Filers also can donate to the California Sea Otter Fund by specifying the amount they wish to give on line 410 of the return.

“Taxpayers’ donations make more of a positive difference than one might think,” said T.O. Smith, wildlife branch chief at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Voluntary contributions also help CDFW acquire federal matching funds, increasing the actions we can take for threatened and endangered species and their habitat.”

California has 219 species of plants and 83 species of animals listed as rare, threatened or endangered, the agency said.

For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/tax-donation.

Hector Gonzalez

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