New Mexicans can donate all or part of their income tax refunds starting next year to help rescue horses that have been abandoned and abused.
Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation into law establishing a tax refund contribution program for horse shelters. Any donated money will be distributed to eligible rescue shelters by the State Livestock Board.
Democratic Sen. George Munoz of Gallup sponsored the legislation signed by the governor on Wednesday.
New Mexico already allows taxpayers getting a state income tax refund to donate it to a wide range of programs through a checkoff contribution tax form. Those programs include assistance to National Guard members and their families, wildlife projects, substance abuse education in schools, donations to political parties and Lou Gehrig's disease research.
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