The Payson Senior Center received an early Christmas gift from the Arizona Department of Revenue, and it is one that it can share with anyone wishing to make year-end donations.
The center’s executive director, Joanne Conlin, said the Senior Center was just notified Dec. 6 that it now qualifies as a charity from which donors can obtain a Working Poor tax credit.
“We’re very excited about it and are trying to spread the word,” Conlin said.
Donations to the Center of up to $400 per couple or $200 for an individual will reduce the contributor’s Arizona income tax liability and get a federal tax deduction as well, Conlin explained.
These year-end donations will go toward the Center’s Meals on Wheels program, the congregate meals program (the daily lunch served at the facility) and its transportation program.
This credit is allowed in addition to the Credit for Kids program, Conlin said.
The Payson Senior Center gets less than 50 percent of its annual $450,000 budget from government sources, the balance is made up from donations, grants and funds raised through its thrift store.
The transportation program took a hit when the state decided to cut the lottery funds it received. Conlin said that alone cost the Center more than $40,000.
The Meals on Wheels and transportation program serve more than the elderly, Conlin said. The meal program is for any homebound resident, it is neither age nor income specific, but is driven by physical and mental need. The transportation program is for anyone 60 and older and also for the disabled, such as those using wheelchairs, legally blind or mentally challenged.
The tax credit qualifying donations to the Senior Center is due by midnight, Dec. 31, and may be made in cash, by check or by credit card at the facility at 514 W. Main St., Payson, or mailed to that address. A receipt will be given to donors making the contribution in person, or mailed to those who send funds through the postal service.
For more information, call Conlin at (928) 474-4876.