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Tax Credit Donation

Any amount you can donate to Kaleidoscope is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Beginning in 2016, credit eligible fees paid and contributions made to a public school from January 1 through April 15 of a calendar year may be used as a tax credit on the prior year’s tax return. For example, qualifying contributions made to our school January 1, 2020 through April 15, 2020 may be used as a tax credit on either your 2019 or 2020 Arizona income tax return.

Remember, Arizona law enables taxpayers a tax credit contribution of up to $400 per calendar year if filing status is Married, filing Joint Return; $200 per calendar year if filing status is Single or Head of Household; and $200 per calendar year if filing status is Married filing separate return. 

By donating, your tax credit dollars go towards the following: 

  • School Meal Programs

  • Student Health Care Supplies

  • Playground Equipment

  • Pupil and Non-Pupil Transportation

  • Textbooks

  • Library Books

  • Instructional Aids

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Individuals and couples who pay Arizona taxes may participate. You do not have to have a child enrolled in school to claim the credit. So encourage all your Arizona family and friends to support Kaleidoscope and get a dollar-for-dollar refund for their generosity.

It is always best to consult a tax adviser to see if you qualify for this dollar-for-dollar credit.
 
Tax Credit donations are accepted throughout the year and are usually used for the current tax year. However, if you donate between January 1st and April 15th, you may choose to use this donation for the current year’s tax return or the prior year’s return.
 
Arizona taxpayers may write a check or make a contribution via PayPal on Kaleidoscope's website.

When you file your Arizona state taxes, the amount of your contribution is subtracted from what you owe or added to the amount of your refund. For example:

• If you owe $500 in Arizona state taxes and make a $400 contribution to our school, you subtract $400 from the taxes you owe – so you now owe $100.
• If you are expecting a $800 refund on your Arizona state taxes and make a $400 contribution to our school, you add $400 to the amount of your refund – so your new refund will be $1,200.


If you were not required to pay Arizona taxes, perhaps because you did not work during the year, or were required to pay only a small amount, the tax credit can only be used to reduce your tax liability to zero. You can, however, carry any unused tax credits forward up to five years. Here’s an example of the above scenario:

• You were injured and only worked a few weeks during the year, so your state tax liability was $50. You made a $200 tax credit donation. You can use $50 to pay the current year taxes, and carry over $150 in tax credits to be used next year.
 
Couples filing joint tax returns may donate any amount up to $400; individuals filing single and head of household may donate up to $200. Married taxpayers filing separately can claim up to $200 on each return. Corporations and business are not eligible for these tax credits.
 
For more information, the Arizona Department of Revenue has prepared a brochure on School Tax Credits. Click or tap here to view the brochure.