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More than 35 years ago, Colorado became the first state in the country to allow a taxpayer to "check-off" a voluntary contribution to a state program. In 1977, the Colorado Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund became the first state income tax check-off fund in the United States.


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In 1983, the Colorado General Assembly created the Domestic Violence Program (formally the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program) located in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) in the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) and added the program to the tax check-off on the state income tax form.


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Check-off contributions are voluntary donations made from a taxpayer's refund or donations can be made from an additional amount voluntarily added to a taxpayer’s liability. Nationwide, the most common funds support wildlife preservation, political campaigns, child abuse and neglect prevention, and U.S. Olympic committees.