Frequently Asked Questions
How does Catholic Charities help the community's most vulnerable?
Catholic Charities has been serving our community's most vulnerable for 80 years. We shelter the homeless and abused, protect and nurture children, aid those in crisis and help the impoverished. We are a qualifying agency Arizona State Charitable Tax Credit. Each year, we impact more than 100,000 lives throughout Central and Northern Arizona with solutions that permanently improve lives. back to top
Can I still take the school and tuition tax credits?
Yes! The working poor or charitable tax credit is different from the school tax credits. You can donate up to $400 to the working poor; up to $1,000 for private school tuition; and $400 for public school extra-curricular activities. Combine all three for significant savings! And new this year! You no longer need to itemize to take the credit. See your tax adviser for details. back to top
What’s the difference between a tax credit and a tax deduction?
A tax deduction is an expense that reduces taxable income a certain percentage. A tax credit, on the other hand, reduces your tax liability dollar-for-dollar. In other words, if you owe $400 in state taxes and take the credit, you owe nothing. back to top
Do I have to give $400 to get the tax credit?
No. You may donate any amount up to your limit and receive the credit; up to $400 if you are married and filing jointly, or $200 if you are married and filing separately or a single taxpayer or head of household. For example, if you give $100, you will be eligible for a tax credit of $100. If you give $600, you will be eligible for up to a $400 tax credit (married, filing jointly), as well as a state tax deduction for any amount you donate over the tax credit limit. Of course, your entire contribution is also eligible as a tax deduction if you itemize your federal tax return. back to top
How do I document my contribution?
We will send you a letter confirming your contribution to support your qualification for the tax credit. back to top
How do I file for the credit?
Simply complete AZ Form 321. It is included with tax materials provided by the State of Arizona. If you are unsure if you qualify for the tax credit, contact your tax advisor. back to top
Where can I get more information about the tax credit?
Check the Arizona Department of Revenue website at or call Taxpayer Assistance, 602.255.3381 or 800.352.4090.
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