How Tax Credits Work
You can help a child receive a Christian education at no cost to you.
If you pay Arizona state income taxes, you can make a donation to ALSO and claim the amount you give as a dollar-for-dollar tax credit that lowers your bill.
At ALSO, we make tax credits easy so that you can make a difference for eternity.
Give a donation to ALSO
Arizona’s Private School Tax Credit allows you to give a donation to ALSO to create scholarships.
When you make your donation, you can select a Lutheran school and recommend a specific student to receive a scholarship.
File your state taxes
ALSO will send you a receipt to include when you file your state taxes.
Get your tax credit
In return for your donation, you can get a direct, dollar-for-dollar credit toward the amount you pay in Arizona state taxes.
Every year, hundreds of people give donations to ALSO and receive their money back when they file their taxes.
ALSO awards scholarships to children attending Lutheran schools in Arizona.
Because of your donation, students can now attend private LCMS schools
Turn your tax burden into a blessing!
When you make your donation, you may make a scholarship recommendation for a school and a student who is not your child or dependent.
Note that ALSO fully complies with Arizona law which does not allow school tuition organizations to guarantee recommendations 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.”
2017 Tax Credit Maximums
for Arizona’s Private School Tax Credits
Married Couple Filing Jointly: $2,177
Single Taxpayer: $1,089
or one’s actual tax liability, whichever is less.
Deadlines: A donor 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. A person may donate prior to filing taxes and claim the credit for their 2017 state taxes when donations are postmarked or entered online by midnight, April 15, 2018.
NOTICE: 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.