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The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and
how it works
Your donation to a nonprofit charitable organization allows you to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your AZ tax return.
Arizona law provides an income tax credit for cash contributions made to certain charities that provide help to the working poor.
Beginning in 2016, the amount of this credit is $800 for married taxpayers filing jointly. For a single taxpayers or heads of household the maximum credit is $400.
In order to take advantage of this opportunity to direct your tax dollars
• Give up to $800 ($400 if single/head of household) to a qualifying 501(c)(3)
organization of your choice Donate here
• Ensure the organization has your name, address & telephone number for
a written receipt of your gift for tax records
• Complete on your Arizona return and claim the credit
What qualifies a charity for the Tax Credit?
A qualifying charity is one that is exempt from federal income tax under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). The charity must be qualified and designated by the Arizona Department of Revenue.
Note: A credit is possible only if you have a Arizona income tax obligation and if the credit claimed is less than your Arizona tax obligation. If the credit claimed is more than your current year Arizona tax obligation, the unused credit may be carried forward up to 5 years.
Qualifying donations may also be made through “umbrella” organizations (e.g. United Way) provided you designate that your donation be given to a qualifying 501(c)(3) charity.