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Deadline to donate to schools is April 15

As residents begin preparing to file their 2017 taxes, school districts are reminding people they can contribute to their local schools so they can continue to offer programs such as music. (Courtesy)

As residents begin preparing to file their 2017 taxes, school districts are reminding people they can contribute to their local schools so they can continue to offer programs such as music. (Courtesy)

There has been a wonderful outpouring of donations received throughout the Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) this season but did you know there is still an opportunity to give back to your neighborhood schools?

A.R.S. 43-1089 was enacted by the Arizona State Legislature to encourage taxpayers to support school extra-curricular activities that are optional, non-credit, and educational.

To qualify for the credit, an individual must make a contribution or pay fees to a public school for support of extra-curricular activities, character education programs, standardized testing fees for college credit or readiness, preparation courses and material for standardized testing, and career and technical industry certification assessment and CPR training.

This works as a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the actual Arizona State Tax you owe. You may donate up to $400 for a joint return and up to $200 for an individual return, then, subtract those amounts from your tax bill.

The due date for tax credit donations is April 15. For contributions made after Dec. 31 but on or before April 15, the taxpayer has the option to claim the tax credit in either the previous tax year or in the year the contribution was made.

It gives you a say in how your tax dollars are spent and reduces your tax bill by whatever amount you contribute.

Tax credit donations help fund activities such as music programs, after-school programs, art activities, field trips, and robotic activities, just to name a few.

Last year Coyote Springs Elementary School received almost $8,000 in tax credit dollars. Much of these dollars are used to support our students in athletics and field trips (including transportation) to expand upon their knowledge through authentic learning opportunities.

Schools also rely upon these dollars to support all of their before and after school programs such as music, tutoring, art, gardening, and STEM activities. Funds are also used for supplies as well as stipends to pay coaches and staff.

Candice Stump, principal at Coyote Springs explains, “In addition to our community partners, tax credit dollars are crucial because they directly support our students in experiences that go above and beyond the regular school day.

Many of our students would not have the opportunity to participate in these experiences without donations from our community and tax credit monies. For example, our sixth grade students have an opportunity each year to attend sixth grade camp where they spend two nights and three days participating in collaborative outdoor learning experiences that brings their learning from K-6 to life in the outdoors.

“For many of these students it is their first time ever being away from home, allowing them to develop independence and build their self-esteem prior to heading off to middle school.”

Anyone can come into the District Office or any school site location to complete and submit the tax credit donation form during normal business hours.

For more information on tax credit donations please visit the HUSD website at www.humboldtunified.com.

Information provided by Humboldt Unified School District.

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