I know, I know.  We only just finished the presidential election, and everyone wants to take a break and stop thinking about taxes.  Unfortunately, I’ve got some bad news for you: it’s only six weeks until the end of the year, which means that if you want to squeeze in some last minute tax-breaks, now is the time to do it.

And luckily for you, LADWP can offer you the rebates that just keep on giving.   Simply by switching to a low-energy or low-flow fixture, you can not only earn yourself a nice write-off come next April, but you’ll also see immediate savings on your next energy and water bill.  Best of all, your rebates don’t only benefit you – they also benefit the whole planet as you reduce your footprint.

As a matter of fact, there are ample rebates a conscientious consumer can claim, but that’s not the only option when it comes to knocking a few dollars off your next tax payment.  Almost everyone has heard of the tax-write-offs one can claim by giving to charity, and this is true of many water-conservation-oriented non-profit organizations, including but not limited to friends of The Longest Straw the Mono Lake Committee and the Owens Valley Committee.  These two groups fight hard to mitigate the environmental impact of the LA Aqueduct and other Los Angeles activity throughout California, while still ensuring that the people of the city get enough water to thrive.  Don’t they sound like a great group to throw a few dollars at?

And of course, any discussion of tax-deductible water-themed giving isn’t complete without a bit of shameless self-promotion.  That’s right, The Longest Straw is affiliated with From the Heart, LLC, which means that donations to our film are tax-deductible. Your funds allow us to finish our movie, particularly by allowing us to pay the hard-working, amazing crew that has already supported us so much.  And remember: this isn’t just a donation that benefits us, you get a tax break as well.

So while April 15 may seem like a long way off, it’s our actions now that determine what we’ll owe (or, let’s be optimistic – what will be returned) half a year from now.  This is the time to literally pay it forward, for you’ll reap the benefits in a short while.