Is there a school that has done a great deal for your children or grandchildren, or a charity whose work is dear to your heart? You still have time to make a donation to a school or nonprofit and receive a credit on your state taxes.
Donations benefit students by helping pay for extracurricular activities, and aid qualified 501(c)(3) charities by helping them continue their work, while taxpayers reduce their Arizona state tax with a tax credit in the amount of their donation.
All donations need to be made by the Friday, Dec. 30, deadline to apply to this year's taxes. To make sure your donation counts toward the state tax credit, go to the school or charitable organization's website for more information.
"We can give up to $200 personally and up to $400 a couple, and it's a win-win situation," said Dr. Joan Fleming, a member of the Prescott Unified School District governing board, at a recent board meeting.
The same amounts apply to donations to qualified 501(c)(3) charities.
People interested in donating to schools can choose to donate to a specific school, to all schools within a district equally, or to specific funds that help pay for students' field trips, specific student sports, clubs or activities.
"Don't forget - $200 can do our kids good," Fleming said.
The pay-to-play fees that parents of middle school and high school athletes pay can qualify as a school tax credit donation, according to PUSD Chief Financial Officer Renee Raskin.
In the past, a $400 donation has paid for transportation for five local field trips for an entire class or a year of interscholastic athletics for four students.
That donation has also paid for tuition for a child to attend after-school clubs and classes four days a week for an entire school year, or for a spelling bee or geography competition.
For more information about the school tax credit and how to donate to PUSD, please go to mypusd.prescottschools.com.