AZ Tax Credit

Reduce your Arizona State Taxes and support the Mountain Pointe High School Band with an Arizona Educational Tax Credit Donation

Introduction

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. Contributions must be postmarked by December 31 of the year to which you want to apply your tax credit.

Contributor's may donate on behalf of a named student. Check with the School Program Director to assure any unused tax credit dollars tied to a student may roll over and be used for the following year!

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, or couples filing a joint return may deduct a maximum of $400.

CONTACT YOUR TAX ADVISOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Take Action Now! Here is how:

  • Write a check for up to $200 for single individuals (or head of household) or $400 for married couples filing a joint return ($200 if married filing separately), made out to Mountain Pointe High School 
  • Mail completed form and payment to: 
Mountain Pointe High School
ATTN: Bookstore
4201 East Knox Road
Phoenix, AZ 85044 
  • All checks should be made payable to MPHS — write in the memo space ”Band” and the band program will be credited with the entire amount. If you want your tax credit to apply directly to the Band 101 account of a specific student, you must write the name of the student next to the word Band in the memo space of your check.
  • Receive a receipt in the mail from the Tempe Union High School District 
  • When you prepare your state taxes, include form 322: Credit for Fees Paid to Public Schools. This allows you to subtract the entire amount of your donation from the state taxes you owe! 
  • Claim the donation on your IRS Schedule A! 
One credit of $200 is allowed for each single taxpayer (or head of household) or $400 for married couples filing a joint return ($200 if married filing separately). Credits may be used only to the extent that they reduce state tax liability to zero. However, if you have extra credit left over, you can carry it forward for up to five years. You don't have to have a child in school to claim the credit. The school must use the money for extracurricular activities, such as after school clubs, field trips or science laboratory equipment.

If you have questions about the AZ Tax Credit, contact your tax professional or visit the Tempe Union High School District web site for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does my donation pay for?
A: School tax credit donations help pay extracurricular activity fees. Funds can apply to sports, arts and music programs, and most after-school student clubs. 

Q: How much can I donate?
A: A person filing their tax return individually may contribute up to $200. Married couples filing jointly may contribute up to $400.

Q: Is this tax credit only available to parents with students in school?
A: No, this tax credit is available to any Arizona taxpayer, regardless of whether or not they have children in school.

Q: I have been donating money to schools for years, what’s the difference?
A: 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.

Q: What is the difference between a tax credit and tax deduction?
A: 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 taxes owed is calculated.

Q: Can I choose which extra curricular activities my money should benefit?
A: Yes, you can indicate areas of allocation, such as a student club or activity. Designation must be made at the time of donation.

Q: Are all Arizona schools participating?
A: 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.

Q: What do I submit with my taxes as proof of this contribution?
A: 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.

Q: When can I participate?
A: Right Now! All you need to do is fill in 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. It must be postmarked by December 31 to take advantage of the tax credit for this year.

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