Reduce your taxes by donating to your child’s public school

SAFFORD – It doesn’t matter if you’re an Apache, Bulldog, Eagle, Roughrider, Wildcat, or Wildkat – the Arizona Public School Tax Credit can help you support the school of your choice.

A donation to the public school of your choice will earn you a dollar-for-dollar credit on your Arizona tax liability. You can choose which extracurricular activity, club or fee you want your donation to benefit from – such as band, drama, Skills USA, athletics or more – or you can leave that decision to the administration of the school.

You can also solicit donations from outside the area for local public schools. As long as a grandmother and grandfather, or aunts and uncles, live in Arizona and file an Arizona tax return, they are eligible for the public school tax credit when they donate to the school of your child.

Couples filing jointly can donate up to $400, individual filers can donate up to $200. However, any amount up to the maximum is eligible for dollar-for-dollar credit. Can you only afford a $50 donation? Its good; your school will be happy for anything you can do to help.

This donation helps keep your local taxes. Your donation acts immediately in your community, supporting the eligible school of your choice.

Donations made through April 15 are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on taxes owed on 2021 Arizona state income tax returns. ‘year; however, donations after April 15 will qualify for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on taxes due in 2022.

The Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition is a collaboration of local non-profit organizations promoting the Arizona income tax credit, dollar for dollar, given to people who donate to qualified charities that serve the low-income people in Graham and Greenlee counties. The coalition is made up of hard-working, non-profit organizations that meet the immediate basic needs of local low-income people, families or children in need. This year’s members are the Boys and Girls Club of the Gila Valley, Graham County Rehabilitation Center, Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition, Neighbors Farm & Pantry, SEACUS and Tooth BUDDS.

Even better, you can benefit from both donating to a qualified charity — couples depositing jointly up to $800 and individuals depositing $400 — and donating to the public school of your choice.

This means you can get a credit for combined donations of up to $1,200 or $600 on your Arizona income tax and keep your taxes right here in Graham and Greenlee counties, where they directly help your friends. , neighbors and children.

To learn more about the Arizona Public School Tax Credit and the Qualifying Charitable Organization Tax Credit, go to

The Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition is grateful to many local businesses and organizations for their generous support, including United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties; Vining Funeral Home; Ash Creek Financial; Luke and Teonna Hoopes with Edward Jones; Smith and Taylor Automotive; Farmers insurance; Agricultural Bureau insurance; CMI fast copy; the Town of Safford; the Town of Thatcher; the Graham and Greenlee Chambers of Commerce; and the Safford, Thatcher and Pima Unified School Districts.

The Gila Valley Arizona Community Foundation is proud to serve as the fiscal agent and organizer of this project and Tax Credit Coalition Representative Ted F. Prina can be reached at 928- 965-0903 for questions or comments.