About AZ tax credits

There are five different AZ tax credits; you can donate to as many of them as you like.

Public school tax credit

  • Single taxpayers may contribute up to $200 and married taxpayers filling jointly may contribute up to $400 to public and charter schools that provide instruction in grades K-12.
  • Donations must be made by the time you file your tax return, but no later than April 15th of the following year.
  • You need not have a child in school in order to claim this credit.
  • Fees paid for extracurricular activities (field trips, fine arts, sports teams, and character education programs), even if they are paid for your own child’s use, qualify for this credit.
  • Donations made by school organizations such as PTA, clubs, etc., do not qualify; payments must be made directly to the school or the school district.
  • Unused amounts may be carried forward for up to five consecutive years.

Charitable organization tax credit

Single taxpayers may claim a tax credit of up to $400 and married taxpayers filling jointly may claim a tax credit of up to $800 for donations made to qualified organizations listed on the ADOR website. Donations made to qualifying “umbrella” organizations are also deductible.

Private school tuition organizations

There are two private school tuition tax credits. The first is called the “Credit for Contributions to Private School Tuition Organizations. Single taxpayers may contribute up to $552 and married taxpayers filing jointly may contribute up to $1,110 for tax year 2018.

Once the maximum is reached on this credit, an additional credit becomes available: the Credit for Contributions to Certified School Tuition Organization Credit. The amounts for this credit are an additional $552 (single) and $1,103 (married) for 2018. Between the two credits, a single taxpayer may claim a credit of up to $1,107 and married taxpayers filing jointly may claim a credit of up to $2,213. Unused amounts may be carried forward for up to five consecutive years.

Note that your donation to the school tuition organization will not qualify for the credits if you designate the donation for your dependent. If you designate a non-dependent beneficiary, your donation will qualify for the AZ Tax Credit; however, it will not qualify as a charitable contribution on your Federal tax return. The IRS considers this a gift.

Foster care organizations

Single taxpayers may claim a tax credit of up to $500 and married taxpayers filling jointly may claim a tax credit of up to $1,000 for donations made by qualified organizations listed on the ADOR website.

Military relief

Single taxpayers may contribute up to $200 and married taxpayers filing jointly may contribute up to $400 to the Military Family Relief Fund administered by the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services.

Unused amounts may not be used in a future year.

Donations made to the fund will qualify for the credit if the total amount donated to the fund during the calendar year has not exceeded one million dollars.

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