Christian School Seeking Tax Credit Donations

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Parents, grandparents and other Rim country residents who want to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit this year for donations to Payson Community Christian School need to obtain a donation card from the school and make sure it is postmarked by Dec. 31.

The Christian school is a 10-year-old K-8 school which offers classes in the upper story of First Assembly of God Church. According to Principal/Administrator Teresa Purtee, the school offers a well-rounded, Christian-centered education, including music, art and programs that nurture the leadership abilities of its students.

At least 90 percent of the donated funds received will be used for tuition grants and scholarships for students attending the school. Donors who want to recommend their contribution go to a particular student may do so, although state law prohibits designating your own dependent as a potential recipient.

The Arizona Private School Tuition Tax Credit Law allows a single taxpayer or married taxpayers jointly to make a donation each year up to a maximum of $500 and receive a matching tax credit against the taxpayer's Arizona State income tax. The public school tax credit of $200 may be taken in addition to the $500 private school tax credit.

Donations to PCCS will be administered by the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization, Inc., a tax-exempt organization created for the sole purpose of implementing the private school tuition tax credit law, passed in 1997.

"There are a lot of Christians out there who want a Christian education for their children but can't afford it," Purtee said.

"Plus, we are outgrowing our current facility and need to get our enrollment up so we can expand."

Donations cards may be picked up at PCCS, 1102 W. Lake Drive in the First Assembly of God Church, or phone 474-8050 to receive one by mail.

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