How Donations Work

About Donations


If you are someone who pays Arizona income taxes, you are able to make a donation to ACSTO and claim that donation back as a tax credit.  This credit will reduce your income tax liability for 100% of what you donate, up to the maximums allowed for the current year.*  If the taxpayer has actual Arizona state income tax less than the maximum allowable, the available credit in a given year is limited to the actual tax.

ACSTO uses your tax credit donations to award tuition scholarships for students attending our partner schools. Because of you, hundreds of families, who otherwise couldn't, have been able to afford to have their children experience a foundational Christian education!  

Maximums for 2016**:
Filing Status Original Tax Credit Overflow/PLUS Tax Credit Total
Single Taxpayer $545 $542 $1087
Married Couple $1090 $1083 $2173

 **Maximums increase a little each year according to the increase in the annual Phx CPI. For example, the 2017 maximums will increase, though not my much. The total for single taxpayers will be $1,089 and the total for married filing jointly will be $2,177.

If you accidentally give more than the actual state income tax due, the tax law allows a carry forward to offset future taxes for up to five consecutive years.  The tax forms you use to claim the credit are also used to track any carryover.



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As always, we recommend you consult with your
tax advisor regarding your specific situation.


*Our Frequent Questions page and News & Updates page both discuss some
extremely helpful options that could dramatically influence the way you donate.

*A credit does not necessarily equal a refund, it simply reduces what you owe to the state, and could potentially result in a refund if you also pay taxes to the state out of your paycheck throughout the year. Visit Part 4: Claiming Your Credit for more information.

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    Notice: A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict, or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of a donor’s recommendation. A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent. A.R.S. 43-1603 (C)

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