Frequently Asked Questions
Hundreds of people make donations each year and receive their money back when they file their taxes. In return for your donation, you can get a direct, dollar-for-dollar credit toward the amount you pay in Arizona state taxes.
Getting a refund depends on your tax situation.
- Most donors pay into the state throughout the year through their payroll deductions, and their tax credit donation qualifies for a full refund from the state.
- People who owe taxes to the state at the time they file receive a credit for their donation, reducing the amount they owe on their taxes.
- Consult your tax professional who can advise you on your situation.
For Tax Year 2017, a Married Couple filing jointly can claim a maximum credit of up to $2,177, a Single taxpayer can claim up to $1,089 or your actual tax liability, whichever is less.
Take the ALSO Challenge and give $21.77, $217.70 on up to $2,177. All amounts help a child in need of tuition assistance.
By Mail You can complete a donation form and mail it with your check or credit card information to ALSO.
Online You can donate online with credit card on our secure web page
You can donate at any time, and ALSO will process donations to be awarded during the next scholarship distribution. There are many students in need who have applied for scholarships and can use your help with tuition today.
You may donate prior to filing taxes and claim the credit on your 2017 state taxes when donations are either postmarked or entered online by midnight, April 15, 2018.
You may be eligible to take an itemized Federal tax deduction for 2017 when the donation is postmarked or entered online no later than midnight, December 31, 2017. Verify deductions with your tax professional.
ALSO awards scholarships to students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12 at private schools in Arizona that are part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
A Christian education is life changing as children learn about Jesus and grow in their faith each day.
You may recommend a specific school, and you may recommend a student who is not your child or dependent.
Note that Arizona law does not allow guarantees nor does the IRS. Arizona law states,
“A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict, or reserve scholarships only on the basis of a donor’s 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. A.R.S. 43-1603(C). Any designation of your own dependent as a potential recipient is prohibited.”
ALSO uses donations to create scholarships for students attending Lutheran schools in Arizona.
Since all of our directors volunteer their time and expertise, more than 93% of funds received are awarded to students. We help you get the most out of the taxes that you already pay.
ALSO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Many people claim their donations as deductions on their federal income taxes. Since every tax situation is unique, verify deductions with your tax professional.
ALSO will send you a receipt to include when you file your taxes so that you can get your tax credit. In addition, you can print a receipt from your Member Dashboard.
Donations to ALSO for the Original tax credit are reported on Arizona form 323. Donations for Overflow/PLUS the tax credit are filed using Arizona Form 348.
Yes, you can make a tax credit donation to support several causes such as Habitat for Humanity and public schools as well as a separate donation to ALSO to support LCMS schools.
For 2017, the state of Arizona allowed tax credits up to $4,377 for married couples filing jointly so you can support working poor, foster care as well as public and LCMS schools.