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Michigan adds Red Cross, Junior Achievement tax check-offs

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Michigan residents will be able to voluntarily donate a portion of their state tax return to the American Red Cross and the financial literacy organization Junior Achievement under new laws.

The most recent form included income tax check-offs for eight funds benefiting the Alzheimer's Association of Michigan, the Special Olympics, the United Way and other causes.

Nearly $600,000 was raised in the 2014 tax year.

Bills signed Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder create a check-off option for the Michigan Junior Achievement Fund and the American Red Cross starting in the 2016 tax year.

Michigan law limits the number of income tax check-offs in a single year to 10 and requires funds that don't raise at least $50,000 for two consecutive years to be removed from the income tax form.

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