The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits to the Center for Head Injury Services worth $155,000.

This means that, as of January 2015, Missouri-based businesses and individuals who have business, rental or farm income that make a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more to the Center may receive state tax credits for 50 percent of the donation amount. A state tax credit is a reduction of the taxes a person or business owes to the state of Missouri.

The purpose of the Department of Economic Development’s NAP is “to provide assistance to community-based organizations that enables them to implement community or neighborhood projects in the areas of community service, education, crime prevention, job training and physical revitalization.” The program does this by providing tax credits to nonprofit organizations conducting capital campaigns or that provide services to make their communities a more desirable place to live and work, paving the way for economic development.

The Center was approved for tax credits through our “Access to Employment Program,” which provides comprehensive vocational and employment services that assist people with a brain injury, autism and other disabilities in exploring job opportunities, rebuilding work skills, developing strategies to promote successful employment, obtaining work within the community, and providing necessary supports for maintaining employment.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) ranks Missouri number 48 out of the 50 states in the number of people with developmental disabilities engaged in competitive wage community-based jobs. The ODEP reports also that a person with a disability in the U.S. faces an unemployment rate of 12.9 percent, compared to 6.9 percent for people without disabilities.

Donna Gunning, executive director of the Center, said that effective vocational and employment services are critical to address the wide employment disparity between people with disabilities and those without disabilities.

“We use these tax credits to fill the budget gap created by cuts in state funding. The tax credits help us to provide these effective services that will help people with autism and other disabilities secure lasting, competitive-wage employment,” she said.

The tax credits have a five-year carry-forward provision, meaning they may be used up to five years after the initial donation. Donors who utilize tax credits may also claim the contribution as a deduction when filing their federal and state income taxes.

For more information on state tax credits and how they work, click here.

To see the Department of Economic Development media release, click here.