Arizona Targeted Tax credits

Charlene M. Ives, CPA, PC

Charlene M. Ives, CPA, PC

Many taxpayers in Arizona will need to pay Arizona income taxes. One way to pay these taxes is through withholding from salaries or other income sources.

An alternative way to pay your Arizona income taxes is by using the targeted tax credit programs. These programs provide a way for Arizona taxpayers to direct their tax dollars to specific purposes. There are three targeted tax credit programs:

First, taxpayers filing a joint return for 2015 can get a credit for every dollar up to $400, donated to public school extracurricular programs. Single filers can donate up to $200. These contributions must be paid by December 31, 2015.

Second, taxpayers filing a joint return for 2015 may get a credit for every dollar up to $2,106, donated to private school tuition organizations. Single filers may contribute up to $1,053. These contributions can be done up to the filing deadline, April 15, 2016.

Third, taxpayers may get a credit for every dollar up to $200 ($400 for joint filers), donated to organizations that assist the working poor. These contributions must be paid by December 31, 2015.

All three tax credit programs can be used in a single year. There are provisions for carrying over unused credits. Taxpayers can receive charitable contribution deductions for these donations on their Federal tax returns. AZ tax credit programs direct tax dollars into the school of your choice instead of into the AZ general revenue system.

Check these websites for more details and information:

www.azscholarships.org

www.acsto.com

www.revenue.state.az.us

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