Help educate young people by taking a tax credit!
Beginning with the 1998 tax year, the Arizona Legislature has authorized a new tax credit for individual income taxpayers! A credit of up to $200 per individual / $400 for married couples is available for payment of fees to an Arizona public or charter school for support of extra curricular activities.
Heritage Academy, an Arizona charter high school, is dedicated to building character and teaching young people the values and ideals which made America great. We invite your participation in this tax credit program to help fund some of our extra-curricular activities.
Must a taxpayer have a child in school in order to claim this credit?
No. There is no requirement that the taxpayer have a child enrolled in the school in order to claim the credit.
What are extra curricular activities?
Extra curricular activities means school sponsored activities that require enrolled students to pay a fee in order to participate. Such activities may include Constitutional seminars, field trips and history tours, summer camps for student council and yearbook staff training, use of musical instruments, use of laboratory equipment, use of art supplies, or use of certain computer technology. Generally, any educational or recreational activities that supplement the educational program of the school are considered to be extra curricular activities.
How and when do I claim the credit?
Credit against Arizona State income tax is claimed when an individual files his/her state income tax returns.
May I designate which student will receive the benefit?
Yes. However, because several other factors (such as academic performance and behavior) determine a student’s participation in those activities, it is possible that the student may not be allowed to participate in the specified activity. In that case, the funds would remain on the student’s account for future use. Additional questions should be directed to Heritage Academy’s Accounts Manager or to the Arizona Department of Revenue at (602) 255-3381, or to your tax advisor.
Download the Tax Credit Contribution form in PDF format
Print the form and mail to the address listed on the tax credit contribution or click on the red buttons above to make a contribution to the campus of your choice.
Arizona law provides a tax credit for contributions to public schools to support extracurricular activities or character education. Additional support areas include:
- standardized testing fees for college credit or readiness, such as PSAT, AP and IB tests
- career and technical education industry certification assessment
- preparation courses and materials for standardized testing
You can help Heritage students and possibly lower your tax bill by making a donation.
The state tax credit is available to ALL qualifying individual Arizona state taxpayers. You do not need to have a child enrolled in a school to take advantage of this state tax credit. It is always best to consult a tax adviser to see if you qualify for the dollar-for-dollar credit.
A tax credit is different from a deduction, because you may subtract the whole contribution from your Arizona state tax bill. An individual may contribute as much as $200, and a couple filing jointly may contribute as much as $400 to a public school and receive the money back in the form of a tax credit.
Please note: To be eligible for a state tax credit for 2020, your contribution must be received or postmarked by April 15, 2021 (extended to May 17, 2021). ECA donations are not refundable.