The state of Arizona offers a tax credit for donations to organizations that provide assistance to the working poor. This provision allows individuals to take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. This is in addition to the public school tax credit and the private school tax credit. Taxpayers filing as “single” and “head of household” status may claim a maximum credit of $200. Taxpayers who file as “married filing jointly” may claim a maximum credit of $400. In order to claim your tax credit you must itemize your deductions and complete Arizona tax form 321. You can use the same donation as a deduction on your federal return.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has been a qualifying organization for several years. Our local program is part of that organization. We provide mentors to local youth who need someone to be their “big brother or big sister” and be a positive role model in their lives. These one-to-one relationships are professionally managed with proven results. We see improved school attendance, better behavior, and improved grades with the children in the program.
Locally, the program has grown from 15 matches six years ago to approximately 120 active matches today. The program has the support of the school district administration including the superintendent, all school principals, and the teachers who have children in the program. There is an active program in each school within the district.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona thanks all supporters of our Payson program. This includes our financial supporters, those who donate clothing through our collection bins around town, and our volunteer mentors who give of their time and energy to help a young person in our community.
I request those who are interested in supporting the good work we do to please consider donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona by utilizing the tax credit. Any contributions up to $200 per person or $400 for a couple filing jointly can quality for this credit. Arizona Tax Form 321 is the correct form to claim this credit. All money donated can be directed to the Payson program by making a note on the check “for Payson program” and mailing it to our local address: Big Brothers Big Sisters, P.O. Box 2956, Payson, AZ 85547. I can be reached at (928) 472-4600 if you need additional information or have any questions about how you can support Big Brothers Big Sisters in Payson.
Robert Henley, executive director,
Payson office, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona