Willis Pushes to Add Ability to Donate to Special Olympics on Tax Forms

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois residents will be able to directly donate money to the Special Olympics while completing their taxes under a proposal backed by state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison.

“As many non-profits are fighting for their economic survival and creating convenient ways for people to donate money will provide some financial relief,” said Willis. “The Special Olympics has been providing important services for individuals and families for decades and this measure will help them continue to do so.”

Senate Bill 1549 will create a check-off that individuals can use when completing their Illinois taxes to donate a portion of their refund to the Special Olympics. The bill states that 25% of the funds will be donated to the Special Children’s Charities and 75% will be given to Special Olympics Illinois. The Illinois Department of Revenue will deposit the money and the process will be overseen by the Department of Human Services. Under the bill, taxpayers will be able to start making contributions during the 2016 tax year.

“Contributing to a non-profit is not always a simple process,” said Willis. “This bill will make it easy for those who wish to give but may not be sure about the best way to go about it.”

Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.