You can use your Maryland income tax return to contribute money to protect our state’s natural resources, support people with developmental disabilities, and support cancer research.
Your contribution will reduce the amount of your state refund or increase the amount of additional state tax you owe.
However, any contribution you make to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund, Developmental Disabilities Services and Support Fund, and the Maryland Cancer Fund is tax deductible for the year the contribution was made, if you itemize deductions.
Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund
You may contribute any amount you wish to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund, using line 35 of Form 502, line 26 of Form 504, or line 39 of Form 505.
Contributions to this fund support projects to restore wetlands, plant trees and protect threatened plants and animals. The donations are divided evenly between the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Wildlife and Heritage Division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Developmental Disabilities Services and Support Fund
You may contribute any amount you wish to this fund, using line 36 on Form 502, line 27 on Form 504 or line 40 of Form 505. Contributions to the Developmental Disabilities Services and Support Fund help provide vital support to children and adults with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Services include support to families, job training and employment for adults, support to live in the community and crisis intervention.
Maryland Cancer Fund
You may contribute any amount you wish to the Maryland Cancer Fund , using line 15 on Form 503, line 28 on Form 504 or line 41 on Form 505. Contributions to the Maryland Cancer Fund support grants for cancer research, prevention and treatment.