BALTIMORE, MD (March 22, 2011) -This tax season, Marylanders can join the cancer fight with a quick checkmark when completing their state income tax form, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The Maryland income tax form provides state residents the opportunity to donate to the Maryland Cancer Fund which in turn supports cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment programs.
"Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Maryland," said DHMH Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D. "Giving to the Maryland Cancer Fund is a great way to help."
Taxpayers can simply add a checkmark to Line 39 on the Maryland tax form and insert the amount that they wish to donate. This sum will be deducted from the individual's tax refund or added to the individual's tax payment.
The Maryland Cancer Fund, established in 2004 by House Bill 1000, is used to support grants for cancer prevention and early detection programs that provide screening for colorectal and prostate cancer. The Fund also provides cancer treatment grants, which help cover the cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment for eligible Maryland residents.
Since the fund's inception, Maryland taxpayers have donated almost $2 million dollars to the Maryland Cancer Fund. For more information about the Maryland Cancer Fund, call 410-767-6213 or visit http://fha.maryland.gov/cancer/mcf_home.cfm.