Remember S.C.’s state forests at tax time
The South Carolina Forestry Commission encourages citizens to make a charitable contribution to the SC State Forests Fund on their tax returns.
Taxpayers have the opportunity to support the five state forests - Harbison, Manchester, Poe Creek, Sand Hills and Wee Tee - by making a check-off contribution on their state tax returns using Form I-330.
South Carolina’s state forest system receives no state funding and relies solely on timber receipts, pine straw sales and recreational permit revenue for its operating funds. “We’re completely self-supporting, so any money we receive from the check-off program goes directly back into these forests and facilities,” said Mike Shealy, SCFC state lands manager.
The State Forests Fund check-off program has raised nearly $130, 000 in the nine years since its inception, with all of the money used to make improvements and repairs that directly benefit visitors and enhance their experience on state forest lands. Recent enhancements include new rifle range target frames, a Firewise demonstration area, fishing pier, portable bathrooms, bike trails and solar panels.
Not only do the state forests support themselves, but they also provide funding to school systems in the counties that host them, giving more than $939,931 to school districts in 10 counties last year alone.
How to give to the SC State Forests Fund: Enter the amount of your donation on Line 28 of your individual income tax form, S.C. Form 1040. Then enter the amount of your donation on Line 15 of S.C. Tax Form I-330, then again on Line 18. Attach S.C. Tax Form I-330 to your tax filing or give it to your professional tax preparer.