Guest column: WUSD accepting tax credit donations

Williams Unified School District (WUSD) No. 2, as well as district taxpayers, benefits from the tax credit contributions it receives annually. If you prefer to keep your state income tax dollars at the local level, rather than go to pave a street in Maricopa County, this program is for you.

Tax credit information

• Anyone with or without children, married or single, is eligible for this unprecedented state tax credit.

• The $400 maximum state tax credit is available for taxpayers who are married and filing jointly. A husband and wife who file separate returns for a taxable year in which they could have filed a joint return may each claim $100.

• For a single individual or a head of household, the tax credit is $200.

• A state tax credit will allow you to reduce the amount of your tax liability to the state. If you donate the maximum $400, your Arizona tax bill would be $400 less..

• You may donate less than $400 and be eligible to receive the state tax credit in the amount of your donation. The amount you donate (up to $400) will be the amount you may claim as a state tax credit.

• You may split your $400 donation among more than one public school, but will still qualify for a maximum state credit of $400. Note: Payroll deduction is available to district employees.

• Lower your taxes and support students.

• The Arizona Legislature passed a law in 1997 (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allowing Arizona taxpayers to contribute up to $400 to a public school, and then deduct that entire amount from their state tax bill. It's a win-win situation for taxpayers and students!

• Extracurricular activities are good for children and the community.

• Extracurricular activities help children develop qualities such as leadership, team play, and cooperation, as well as provide safe, supervised activities after school hours. Thanks to you, these programs are available to all children in the Williams School District. Donation forms are available at the district office, at both school offices, and on the district webpage: Once you have the donation form, select the extracurricular program of your choice. Call 928-635-4473 for more information.

Tax credit vs. tax deduction

A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the actual tax owed. For example, if you owe $800 in state income taxes and you donate $400 to a public school for extracurricular activities, you may subtract the $400 from your tax bill and pay the state just $400. A tax deduction only reduces total taxable income.

A receipt will be provided for tax purposes. Donations must be received by or postmarked no later than Dec. 31 in order to be eligible for the tax credit this calendar year.

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