Helping CA Wildlife – AB 1031

Remember Wildlife on Tax Day

Remember Wildlife on Tax Day


AB 1031 was passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Brown on October 5, 2017. This bill adds a checkbox under Voluntary Tax Contributions on your personal income tax form to designate a tax-deductible amount in excess of their personal tax liability that will go to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) to establish a competitive grant program for permitted wildlife rehabilitators for the purposes of recovery and rehabilitation of injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife. and conservation education. The minimum designation amount is $1. The bill goes into effect January 1, 2018 (on the 2017 personal tax form) and and ends in 2025, or earlier if it is determined that at least $250,000.00 is not being donated to this account annually by taxpayers.

All wildlife rehabilitation groups struggle to raise funds to do this important work and most, like Pacific Wildlife Care, rely on donations, memberships and grants. Just think… If every individual in San Luis Obispo County pledged the minimum, it would raise $270,000! The bill also authorizes a maximum 5% of the funds to be allocated to CDFW to defray costs of administration of this grant program.

To be eligible for grant funding from the competitive grant program an applicant shall meet all of the following criteria:
(a) The applicant shall provide proof that it is a nonprofit organization that operates a wildlife rehabilitation facility permitted pursuant to Section 679 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.
(b) The applicant shall be in compliance with all conditions of its Wildlife Rehabilitation Memorandum of Understanding.
(c) The applicant shall maintain active participation in the wildlife rehabilitation medical database.

The good news is that Pacific Wildlife Care meets all the criteria; however, the best news is by passing this bill, the state is finally recognizing the important work we do for native wildlife. Please put a note in your tax files right now to remind you to do this and tell your family, friends and your tax preparers about it.

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