Arizona residents have the opportunity to allocate a portion of their state tax liability to UCP of Central Arizona and take a dollar-for-dollar credit when filing their state tax return. The dollars add up quickly and make it possible for us to offer our services and programs to even more families in need. More information can be found on the Arizona Department of Revenue tax credit page linked here.
https://www.azdor.gov/About/FAQs/CharitableTaxCredit.aspx.

 

FAQ

How does it work?

Make your contribution online or mail directly indicating you are participating in the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.
We will send you a receipt to give to your accountant. If using Turbo Tax, just fill in the amount you contributed on the line where it asks if you participated in any of Arizona’s tax credit programs. In addition you will be directed to fill in AZ Tax Form 321.
You do not need to itemize deductions in order to participate. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.

How is this different than making a donation?

Unlike a donation which can only be taken as a deduction, a contribution made to UCP through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit program will reduce the amount  of your state tax liability by the exact amount you contribute. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.
For example:
Owe the state $1,000
Direct $400 to UCP through the Charitable Tax Credit Program
Now owe the state $600

How do I claim the credit?

The tax credit is available only to individuals who pay state taxes in Arizona. Simply make a monetary donation (no greater than $400 for an individual and $800 for a married couple filing jointly) to UCP of Central Arizona by April 15, 2018. UCP will send an acknowledgement of your gift. Then report the amount donated on Form 321 when filing your state taxes. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.

Example for married couple filing jointly:

Owe the state a total of $1,000 in taxes for the calendar year

Make an $800 monetary gift to UCP of Central Arizona

State tax owed for the year is now reduced to $200

Do I need to itemize my deductions in order to take advantage of the Charitable Tax Credit?

Since 2013 there is no need to itemize your deductions to take the credit on your state income tax return.  If you would additionally like to take the deduction on your federal tax return you will still need to itemize. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.

For example:

Owe the state $1,000

Direct $400 to UCP through the Charitable Tax Credit Program

Now owe the state $600.

When do I make my contribution?

You can make a 2017 contribution prior to filing your taxes (no later than April 15, 2018) and still take the credit on your 2017 tax return. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.

How much can I contribute each year?

You can reach the maximum allowable amounts by a single gift or multiple gifts throughout the year. Any gift below the maximum can still be used as a tax credit. New legislation has raised the maximum allowable amounts to $800 per couple or $400 per individual or head of household. Or you may contribute at an amount that comfortable for your family. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.

When is the deadline to give?

The final deadline to take the tax credit on your 2017 taxes is April 15, 2018. You must make the gift prior to filing your taxes. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.

 

I currently contribute to Public Education Tax Credit, can I still contribute to the Charitable Tax Credit?

Yes. Each tax credit is independent. You can participate in both each year. Please check with your tax advisor to see if the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit will benefit you.

Maximum Allowable Amounts for Tax Credit

$800 – Maximum Married — Filling Jointly  $400 – Maximum Individual

You can reach the maximum allowable amounts by a single gift or multiple gifts throughout the year.
Any gift below the maximum can still be used as a tax credit.

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