Oklahomans have been a lot less charitable with their income tax refunds lately.
Donations made through Oklahoma tax forms were down over the last 12 months, a reflection of a nationwide trend. Only $147,404 was raised off Oklahoma tax forms in the latest fiscal year, which ended last week. That's the lowest total in years, records show.
For 26 years, refund-getting tax filers have had the option of checking boxes on their state tax forms to make donations to state causes.
Those donating this way get smaller refunds but get to feel good about themselves.
Donations to some causes fell so low their checkoff boxes were removed from state tax forms. By law, a fund's checkoff box is dropped if donations from refunds fall under $15,000 three years in a row.
Two funds were dropped from the latest tax forms; seven more will not be on the next tax forms. Others likely will be removed in a year to two. One new fund — benefiting food banks — will be on the next tax forms.
More than $4.2 million has been raised overall through the program.
Almost half went to a fund for wildlife that pays for such things as research on Texas horned lizards and management of a bat cave, records show.