2016 Arizona Tax Credit Donation (Joint Filing Status)

Youth On Their Own (YOTO) works exclusively with Southern Arizona’s homeless youth as they strive to break the cycle of poverty by obtaining their high school diploma. Thanks to the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit for Qualifying Organizations, you can help YOTO provide these at-risk youth an opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency, stability, and success… at no cost to you! Take $400 in full tax credit if you file individually, or $800 if you file jointly on your state income taxes while helping homeless students to stay in school.

FAQs

Q: What is the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit for Qualifying Organizations?
The Charitable Tax Credit is a dollar-for-dollar charitable contribution you can give to 501(c)(3) corporations (nonprofits). With Arizona Charitable Tax Credit for Qualifying Organizations you can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit, up to $400 for individuals and up to $800 for married couples filing jointly, on your state income taxes while helping homeless become employed.

Q: How do I qualify for Arizona Charitable Tax Credit for Qualifying Organizations?
If you make a contribution to YOTO and you file an Arizona state tax return, you may qualify for the tax credit.

Q: Can I take the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit for Qualifying Organizations if I take the School Tax Credit?
Yes, they are separate credits and you are allowed to take advantage of both.

Q: What is the difference between a tax credit and a tax deduction?
A tax credit is significantly more beneficial than a tax deduction. A tax credit reduces your taxes, dollar-for-dollar. A tax deduction reduces the taxable income upon which your tax liability is calculated.

Q: Is YOTO a “qualifying charitable organization”?
YOTO is a tax exempt (501)(c)(3) organization that allocates at least 50 percent of its budget to services that help the working poor with their immediate basic needs. Services provided by our program qualifies YOTO as a “qualifying charitable organization.”

Q: Can I make contributions to more than one qualifying charitable organization?
Yes, but the total Arizona Charitable Tax Credit for Qualifying Organizations allowed is still $400 per individual or $800 for married couples filing jointly, regardless of the number of organizations you support.

Q: What is the deadline to make a gift to the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit?
Thanks to a recent bill, the deadline has been extended from December 31 to April 15, allowing for a more convenient date for those contributions to be made. If you donate between January 1 and April 15, you can choose which tax year to attribute the contribution.

Q: Where can I get more information about the tax credit?
You can get more information by visiting the Arizona Department of Revenue website or by calling Taxpayer Assistance at 1-800-352-4090.

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