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Arizona Tax CreditArizona is unique from many states because the taxpayer is able to direct where some of the taxes they pay will end up.

Charitable Tax Credits

There are two kinds of Charitable tax credits available. Arizona established certified charities to which taxpayers can make contributions, and then receive a tax credit up to a certain amount against their Arizona tax obligation, and a deduction from their federal return. One is regular charities that have been certified by the state, and the other type is Certified Foster Care Charities. Click here for a detailed brochure on both: Brochure on Charitable Tax Credit in Arizona

The first is the Charitable Tax Credit. Single taxpayers can receive a credit up to $400 for the year, and married couples can receive a credit up to $800 per year. For a list of eligible certified charities for 2017, click on 2017 Certified Charities.

The second is the Certified Foster Care Charities. Single taxpayers can receive a credit up to $500 for the year, and married couples can receive a credit up to $1,000 per year. For a list of 2017 Certified Foster Care Groups, click on 2017 Certified Foster Care Charities

Education Tax Credits

There are also a couple of ways for the taxpayer to receive a tax credit for money paid towards education in Arizona. There is the School Tax Credit and contributions made to qualified school tuition organization for scholarships to private schools. Click here for more details: Brochure on School Tax Credits

Regarding the School Tax Credit, a taxpayer may receive a tax credit for contributions of fees for qualified activities or programs paid to public schools. The maximum amounts for which a taxpayer can receive a tax credit is $200 for singles and $400 for a married couple.

For the qualified school tuition organization for scholarships to private schools program, a taxpayer may donate as an individual and receive the tax credit. Additionally, an individual who is a shareholder of an S corporation may claim two separate credits for contributions made by the S corporation to a qualified school tuition organization when the S corporation qualifies for a corporate credit and makes an election to pass that credit through to its individual shareholders. For tax year 2016, the credit cannot exceed $545 for single taxpayers or heads of household. For married taxpayers that file a joint return, the credit cannot exceed $1,090.

For a list of the 2017 Qualified School Tuition Organizations, click here 2017 School Tuition Organizations Approved for Arizona Tax Credit The dates will show the beginning date that the organization was certified, and if that certification has ended, the ending date.