The Arizona Tax Credit Program (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allows any Arizona taxpayer to donate up to $400* to a school of their choice in support of extracurricular programs and get their entire donation back in the form of a tax credit. The new deadline of April 15 takes effect next year, people who donate by April 15 can choose which calendar year they want to apply the credits. For example, a donation made in April 2016 can be applied to either 2015 or 2016. For more tax credit information call the Community Relations Department at (480) 345-3716.
*Individuals and couples filing jointly may take advantage of this tax credit. A maximum of $200 can be deducted per individual tax return; couples filing a joint return may deduct a maximum of $400.
CONTACT YOUR TAX ADVISOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Ways to donate
• Make an online donation. Click here to make an online payment.
• Visit the TUHSD District Office at 500 W. Guadalupe Road.
• Download a TUHSD Tax Credit Deposit Form (PDF)
• Download a TUHSD Tax Credit Deposit Form in Spanish (PDF)
• Download a TUHSD Tax Credit Loan Application Form from Landings Credit Union
Frequently Asked Questions
What does my donation pay for?
School tax credit donations help pay extracurricular activity fees. Funds can apply to sports, arts and music programs and most after-school student clubs.
Click here for more information tax credit eligibility from the Arizona Department of Revenue.
How much can I donate?
A person filing individual tax return may contribute up to $200. Married couples filing jointly may contribute up to $400.
Is this tax credit only available to parents with students in school?
No, this tax credit is available to any Arizona taxpayer, whether or not they have children in school.
I have been donating money to schools for years, what’s the difference?
Contributions to schools have always been tax deductible. A tax deduction allows you to subtract the amount of a contribution from the amount of your taxable income. The new law allows a tax credit, which is subtracted from the amount of taxes you owe.
What is the difference between a tax credit and tax deduction?
A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the actual tax owed. A tax deduction only reduces total taxable income from which the taxed owed is calculated.
Can I choose which extra curricular activities my money should benefit?
Yes, you can indicate areas of allocation, such as a student club or activity. Designation must be made at the time of donation.
Are all Arizona schools participating?
No, only public schools that charge fees for extracurricular activities are eligible for the tax credit. Tempe Union implemented a $1 extracurricular Activity Fee effective September 10, 1998. In June 2002, the district began charging additional fees for some extracurricular activities. These fees qualify for the tax credit program.
What do I submit with my taxes as proof of this contribution?
You must submit the receipt from the school. Once you have given your contribution to the school representative, a receipt will be provided to you for tax purposes. If you mail in the completed tax credit deposit form with your contribution, a receipt will be mailed to you.
When can I participate?
Now! All you need to do is complete the Tax Credit Donation Form and write a check made payable to the school of your choice. Mail the form and your check to the attention of the Bookstore Manager at the high school you’ve chosen.
Arizona Department of Revenue Guidelines
The credit is applied against the taxpayer’s state income taxes.
“Extracurricular activities” are defined as . . . “school-sponsored educational and recreational activities that require enrolled students to pay a fee in order to participate.”
Checks must be made payable to the school.
The credit is available for any personal income tax return. It is not a requirement that the taxpayer have a child enrolled in the public school.
The credit is limited to $200 per individual tax return and $400 if the credit is claimed on a tax return of a married couple.