Arizona Tax Credit Deadline On Top Of Us

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There are only four days to make a contribution to area schools and state-certified charities to qualify for a tax credit on your 2010 returns.

All area public schools are participating in the Credit for Kids program and several area organizations are certified by the Arizona Department of Revenue as charities for the working poor, making any donations to them also eligible for a tax credit. The charities are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, which oversees the Rim Country’s BBBS group; Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Payson Christian Clinic, Payson Community Kids, Payson Helping Payson, Payson Lions Charitable Foundation 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 Lions Charitable Foundation became a Qualifying Charitable Organization under ADR rules in December, after earlier stories were published.

As with other organizations in the Payson-area, this enables individuals wishing to assist the working poor of our community to receive a tax credit of up to $200 for a single taxpayer and a $400 tax credit for married couples filing jointly on their 2010 state tax returns by donating by Dec. 31, 2010.

Many individuals donating $30 for the Lions Foundation’s Fly the Flag program already are eligible for this tax credit for 2010, said Bill Davis with the Lions.

“The Lions Foundation’s core mission is to provide eye exams, eye glasses and hearing assistance to the working poor throughout the Rim Country. Members of our community wishing to take advantage of this tax credit and/or signing up to have us Fly the Flag for you during six holidays next year should contact me at (928) 474-2176 or mail us at P.O. Box 436, Payson 85547,” Davis added.

The Payson Unified School 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 has 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.

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