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Making a contribution to receive an Arizona public education tax credit is simple. You can get a tax credit up to $200 for an individual or $400 per married couple.
Tax credit eligible fees paid and contributions made to a public school from January 1 through April 15 of any calendar year may be used as a tax credit on either the prior or current year's tax return. For additional information, contact the Finance Department at 602-449-2033.
Arizona tax law allows taxpayers a credit for contributions made or fees paid to a public school for support of extracurricular activities or character education (as defined in ARS 15-719). If married, taxpayers file separate returns: Each spouse may claim one-half of the credit that would have been allowed on a joint return. Extracurricular activities such as sports, band, speech and debate or overnight field trips are generally not fully funded by school districts, so your donation directly supports students.
- What is a tax credit?
- What is an extracurricular activity?
- What is a character education program?
- Who is eligible?
- Does all of my money go to extracurricular activities?
- Can I designate where I want my money to go?
- Do I have to donate the full $200 or $400?
- Do I have to live within the Paradise Valley Unified School District?
A tax credit is not a tax deduction. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the actual tax owed. For example, if you owe $900 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 $500.
Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or recreational activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, special programs, field trips, character education, clubs, or outdoor education can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities help children develop qualities such as leadership, team play, and cooperation as well as provide safe, supervised activities after school hours.
A character education program is a program defined in ARS § 15-719. Under this statute, each district may develop its own course of study for each grade. At a minimum, the character education program must include instruction in the definition and application of at least six of the following character traits: truthfulness, responsibility, compassion, diligence, sincerity, trustworthiness, respect, attentiveness, obedience, orderliness, forgiveness and virtue.
Yes, you can say where you want your donation to go. You can choose your child's school, split the donation between one or more Paradise Valley schools, and designate it for any extracurricular activity or character education program you choose. You can donate to a school based on student poverty, type of activity, grade levels or location. If you want to donate to a school or an activity where not all parents can afford to contribute, you may do this.
Note: We do our best to ensure that your donation is used for the purpose(s) you specify. But if for some reason your donation cannot be used for that activity, such as when a field trip or a performance is canceled, the school will use your money to support another worthwhile eligible activity.
For Your Consideration
Many students who attend our schools can benefit from your generosity.
Individuals and organizations may make a monetary gift and/or donation to PVSchools. When making a monetary gift, you may request how the funds are used.
For example, you may designate that the funds you donate help cover athletic participation fees for middle and high school students or be used for a particular school’s Principal’s Discretionary Fund, student incentives, food, or a program such as Band or an elective.
- Individuals and organizations may make monetary gifts and/or donations to schools.
- There is no limit to the amount that may be gifted and/or donated.
- Donors can either mail their checks with the PVSchools Gifts and Donations form to the school of their choice, or drop them off at the school.
Make a Difference in the Lives of PV Students!
- What can Gifts and Donations be used for?
- Who can make monetary Gifts and Donations?
- What are the benefits of making Gifts and Donations to the district?
- Are Gifts and Donations tax deductible?
- How do the Gifts and Donations work?
- What can be accepted as Gifts and Donations?
- What cannot be accepted as a donation?
Reduced educational dollars necessitates the need for school districts to turn to their communities and stakeholders to address the shortage to meet the educational needs of students. Donors have the ability to work with school site administration and the district to identify needs that best support our schools and students.
The Paradise Valley Unified School District is a governmental unit and classified as a charitable organization as defined in section 170(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts and Donations are accepted and acknowledged by the Governing Board and receipts are issued for tax purposes. Please refer to your tax preparer for questions on charitable donations and tax deductions.
Donors can send checks with the required form through the mail. Actual items must be reviewed and accepted by the schools. Schools do not have to take donations that do not enhance or improve educational needs such as non-commercial grade treadmills.
If the school/department wishes to use a donation for food, a letter from the donor is required that specifically states food can be purchased.
Cash and checks are accepted. For non-cash donations, items such as books, furniture and musical instruments can be accepted. The donor must indicate the value of the donation for non-cash donations as the school/site cannot make that determination. Information Technology (IT) and Facilities items such as computers, network equipment, displays, printers, or smartphones, playground equipment, appliances, shade structures (donor is responsible for the upkeep) must have prior approval from the IT Department or the Facilities Department. For IT approval, please call (602) 449-2392. For the Facilities Department approval, please call (602) 449-2260.
Exercise equipment is not accepted. Additionally, school sites are not allowed to accept any vehicles that would require district registration with the Maricopa County Vehicle Department such as tractor, car, golf cart, or trailer. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at (602) 449-2251.
Ready to Donate?
If you're looking to make a payment, choose one of the two following options:
Mail-in Tax Credit Form
Donate with a mail-in form: