OK, procrastinators of Payson, Pine and the surrounding communities, it is Dec. 17 and that means you have just a week to finish buying those gifts, wrapping them and sneaking them under the tree.
It also means you only have 10 business days to make a contribution to area schools and state certified charities to qualify for a tax credit on your 2010 returns.
In a recent article on this topic one of the qualifying charities was left off the list — The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is the parent of the local BBBS group and also eligible for a tax credit contribution.
All area public schools are participating in the Credit for Kids program and five other organizations are also certified by the state as charities for the working poor, making any donations to them also eligible for a tax credit. The charities are: Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Payson Christian Clinic, Payson Community Kids, Payson Helping Payson and Time Out Inc.
A total of $200 per individual or $400 per married couple may be contributed and claimed as a tax credit. All the funds may go to one entity or be divided between several.
Check at the administrative offices of the Payson Unified School District, Pine Strawberry School or Tonto Basin and the designated charities for details or call for more information. Additional information can be found on the Department of Revenue Web site.
The Payson district’s emphasis this year is the Stadium Endowment. The old restrooms and concession stand at Longhorn Field are long overdue for replacement. Any undesignated Credit for Kids funds donated this year will go directly to the Stadium Endowment.
Credit for Kids contributors have many, many options for their dollars. Those who need help deciding may call the Payson School District Office at (928) 474-2070.
Donations may be made at any school or the district office; the APS drop boxes; or via the Internet at the Payson High School Web site, www.pusd.k12.az.us/phs to use a credit card and make your Credit for Kids contribution by midnight, Friday, Dec. 31.