Advice from Tuna the Tax Cat: Donate your Tax Refund

Tuna the Tax Cat is back with some advice for 2022:  Donate your tax refund!

Holy meow—it’s the biggest one yet! The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis recently announced that a $1.9 billion “kicker” (the largest kicker on record!) will be available to Oregon taxpayers in 2022! When it’s time to file your 2021 state income taxes and collect your part of the kicker, consider helping the animals at Oregon Humane Society and in your community by donating part (or all) of your personal income tax refund to OHS.

The Oregon tax rebate, commonly called a kicker, is the result of an unexpected increase in tax revenue and can mean hundreds of dollars in tax credits. And next year, as in previous years, Oregon taxpayers can donate their tax refund to any of the 29 charities approved by the Oregon Charitable Checkoff Commission, including OHS.

To be eligible for the kicker, Oregon taxpayers must have filed a 2020 tax return and had tax due before credits. Taxpayers must file a 2021 tax  return to claim the kicker credit.

The median kicker size is expected to be around $420, which, if donated to OHS, can provide the lab work for 36 sick shelter animals. The average kicker is $850, which could feed 10 shelter pets at OHS for a month.

To designate your tax refund to OHS, complete Schedule OR-DONATE and enter the amount on your Oregon income tax return. OHS’ Charitable Checkoff webpage has more information on donating your tax refund to help the animals.

Visit to see what’s coming your way by using the “What’s My Kicker?” calculator.