Originally Published: March 7, 2018 5:59 a.m.
In 1986, I was a newly single, returning adult ASU student. My son’s preschool cost most of what I earned at my night job. When my son and I were home, we settled in my bedroom where he played and I tried to sleep, while hoping I would wake up if he needed anything. Luckily we both survived. I earned my degree and got a good paying job.
In 2018 my husband and I asked our AARP tax preparer how much we were paying in state taxes for 2017. She said $492. We had already paid $400, but we owed the state $92 by April 15. OR we could donate to up to $800 to qualifying nonprofits for a state tax credit, i.e. our taxes would go to the nonprofit instead of the state. I typed “Prescott Sunrise Lions” into my phone, scrolled down to “Donate,” clicked on “Designate Where Your Donation Will Go” button, typed in $492, was offered the choice of Paypal or credit card. When Paypal threw me back into the Lion’s den, I typed, “Please designate our donation for the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center. On our acknowledgment letter write 2017 donation (not 2018).”
With the wave of my magic stylus a returning student and her child will soon get a good night sleep; and last night, so did I. You can do the same by donating to any qualified nonprofit of your choice.