About $1.8 million from New York income-tax checkoffs—meant to fund prostate cancer research—sits unused in New York state, the victim of a coordination issue with a non-profit.
Since 2005, New York taxpayers have donated $1.8 million through their income tax returns to aid the fight against prostate cancer, but researchers have yet to see a dime.
The prostate cancer research fund is one of eight causes state residents can support through a checkoff on their tax forms, giving up part of their refunds or adding a bit to what they owe to donate to everything from wildlife programs to research on Alzheimer’s disease.
But a 2004 state law set up the prostate cancer research fund unlike any other tax checkoff program, and that unusual structure has led to long delays. Records from the state Comptroller’s Office show the fund had not yet paid out any money as of December 2012, and the state Department of Health confirmed that no funding has been released.
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