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STO contributions by April 18 qualify for 2016 tax credit

Arizona taxpayers can still qualify for a dollar-for-dollar credit against their 2016 Arizona state tax liability with a gift to ACF's School Tuition Organization made by April 18. Your donation funds scholarships for low-income, disabled and foster-care students to attend tuition bearing, private K-12 schools throughout Arizona. Our STO awards scholarships only to students with the highest verified need and donors can designate their gift to assist students in a specific Arizona county.

A unique feature of ACF's School Tuition Organization is the supplemental grants program that supports each scholar's non-tuition needs, including books, field trip fees, uniforms, lunch fees, transportation costs, tutoring and activity fees. State law allows an STO to retain 10 percent of donations for administrative costs, but ACF voluntarily devotes half of that amount, or 5 percent of donations, to ensure each scholar's success in private school. This means a full 95 percent of your donation goes to work for Arizona students.

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Thanks to our generous donors, more than $4.7 million in scholarships has been awarded from ACF's School Tuition Organization since inception. This downloadable flyer illustrates the STO's impact across Arizona.

Donors can direct their gifts to serve students in a particular Arizona county. To date, our scholarship awards have sent students with verified financial need to private schools in Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. 

Two tax credits are available for 2016, Original and Overflow/Plus. Arizona taxpayers who have maximized their annual donation for the first tax credit (Original) are eligible for the second tax credit (Overflow/Plus).

2016 Annual Private School Tuition Tax Credit Maximums

  • Married Filing Jointly: $2,173 ($1,090 Original + $1,083 Overflow/Plus)
  • Single or Head of Household: $1,087 ($545 Original + $542 Overflow/Plus)

Donate online and receive an email receipt immediately for tax filing purposes.

For details and to access Forms 323 and 348 to claim these tax credits, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue's website.

Arizona law requires the following:
A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of donor 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.

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