The deadline to make a contribution to the Credit for Kids program is Dec. 31, 2003.
This program, established in 1997, allows a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for up to $200 for individual taxpayers and a $250 credit for married taxpayers filing jointly. You make the contribution by Dec. 31, 2003, then declare it on your tax returns.
The money can be directed to a specific program. However, the money must be used for extracurricular activities.
Activities funded this year, which would otherwise have not been possible, included:
- Payson Elementary School field trips to the Challenger Space Center and Desert Botanical Gardens;
- The entire elementary strings program;
- Julia Randall Elementary School's music supplies, including microphones and music stands;
- Frontier Elementary School's fine arts classes, including photography and watercolor;
- Rim Country Middle School's before- and after-school tutoring program, plus its music program and the Outdoor Adventure Club;
- Payson Center for Success' science exploration field trip on the Colorado River, and trips to Kartchner Caverns and the Biosphere;
- Payson High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions, plus its band and theater programs and renovations to the football stadium.
Last year the Credit for Kids campaign for Payson's schools netted $175,000, down slightly from the 2001 total of $189,000.
Pine Elementary School also has a Credit for Kids program and raised $50,833 last year.
To see the Credit for Kids money at work, make plans to attend Payson High School's Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the PHS auditorium.
The bill creating the program also allows donations to private schools. Up to $625 can be donated to Payson Community Christian School to fund tuition grants and scholarships.
To find out more about making a contribution to the Payson School District's Credit for Kids program, call (928) 474-2070; for information about the Pine program, call (928) 476-3283; to contact the Christian school, call (928) 474-8050.
Remember, you can make a difference in the lives of our young people by participating in the Credit for Kids program.