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Arizona Public School Tax Credit

Elementary students on playground
Keep your tax dollars local with Arizona’s dollar-for-dollar school tax credit, which goes directly to the school and eligible program you choose. Any amount will help PUSD students.

Reasons to contribute

  • It benefits taxpayers and schoolchildren alike.
    A.R.S. 43-1089 allows a tax credit of $200 for individuals and $400 for married couples filing jointly, for fees or contributions paid to a public school in support of extracurricular activities.
  • It costs you nothing.
    It gives you a say in how your tax dollars are spent and reduces your tax bill by whatever amount you contribute. Let’s say you contribute $400 to an eligible school activity, you will reduce your Arizona state tax bill by $400. If you expect a refund, it will be $400 higher. If you don’t pay state income tax, you can’t reduce your liability below $0.
  • So many programs in need of support.
    Last year, taxpayers like you helped cover the costs for after-school programs, band, orchestra, sports and art programs, as well as admission to plays, concerts, parks, museums and nature camps. Simply put, tax credit contributions make possible a wide range of learning opportunities that our children would not otherwise have. And you don’t have to have a child in the school district to benefit from this tax credit.
  • The state now allows eligible contributions made from January 1, 2018, to April 15, 2018, to be used as a tax credit on either your 2017 or 2018 Arizona income tax return.

Please respond today

There has never been a better time – or way – for you to help Prescott’s schoolchildren. For details regarding the tax credit, go to the Arizona Department of Revenue School Tax Credit web page, where you can also print Form 322 for tax filing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the maximum dollar amount available for this credit?
A: A.R.S. 43-1089 allows a tax credit of $200 for individuals and $400 for married couples filing jointly, for fees or donations paid to a public school in support of extracurricular activities.
Q: Does it have to be $400?
A: The amount of the tax credit does not have to be for the total allowable amount of $400. You may donate any amount, up to the $200 or $400 limit, in installments during the calendar year or donate it at one time.
Q: Where does the money go?
A: You may indicate which school and which eligible program you would like to support or you can designate your money to be given to the school with the greatest need. The credit also may be split between two or more schools.
Q: When is the tax credit available?
A: The tax credit is available for taxable year beginning January 1. In addition, the state now allows eligible contributions made from January 1 to April 15 to be used as a tax credit on either the previous or current year Arizona income tax return.
Q: Must I have a child in school to claim this credit?
A: No. There is no requirement that the taxpayer have a child enrolled in a public school in order to claim the credit. Donations or contributions made in support of extracurricular activities at a public school which require a fee are eligible for the tax credit, up to the maximum as stated above.
Q: What public schools and grades are eligible for the credit?
A: All public schools that provide instruction in grades K-12 are eligible for the credit. Non-governmental schools, community colleges, and universities do not qualify for the credit.
Q: Can I receive a refund of these credits?
A: The credits may only be used to the extent that they reduce State tax liability to zero.


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Print and complete a PUSD tax credit form, which lists eligible programs at each school, and return with payment to the PUSD District Office, or to the school of your choice. Tax Credit Forms: Grades  K-6  |  7-8  |  9-12

In either case, you will be mailed a receipt to use in your tax preparation.

PUSD does not issue refunds. Consult your personal tax adviser to determine how the tax credit will affect your tax return.



300 E. Gurley St. | Prescott AZ 86301
928-445-5400, ext. 70109
Fax: 928-776-0243

Kathy Wallner, Bookkeeper – Auxiliary Operations / Student Activities / Tax Credits


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