Arizona's Charitable Tax Credits

Why pay Arizona income taxes when you can donate instead? Your dollars go further in helping those in need while reducing demand on Arizona government programs.

Summary of the 2020 Arizona Charitable Tax Credits


The usual 04/15 expiration date has been extended to 05/17/2021 for the 2020 Tax Year

There are five (5) basic different types of charitable credits to choose from:

For the first credit type listed you must contribute in same year as deduction/credit is claimed. This is limited to first $1,000,000 of contributions received. I recommend you contribute early in the year as this fills up fast!

(1) Arizona Military Family Relief Fund Credit

Single/HOH/MFS $200 | MFJ $400

When claiming any of the following credit types you may contribute by 05/17/2021 for best effective use of either the 2020 or the 2021 tax year.

(2) Qualifying Charitable Organizations that provide assistance to Arizona residents who are low income, chronically ill or have physically disabled children.

Single/HOH/MFS $400 | MFJ $800

(3) Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations providing foster-care community services. We love our animals, but this is for human benefit only.

Single/HOH/MFS $500 | MFJ $1,000

(4) Arizona Public/Charter School Tax Credit to support extracurricular activities that require students to pay a fee in order to participate.

Single/HOH/MFS $200 | MFJ $400

See also Arizona Publication 707 – School Credits

(5) School Tuition Organization Tax Credit

In tax year 2020 the amounts increased to $1,183 for individuals and $2,365 for couples filing joint returns.

2020: "Original" Credit - Form 323, up to $593 Single/HOH/MFS, $1,186 MFJ
2020: "Overflow" Credit - Form 348, up to $590 Single/HOH/MFS, $1,179 MFJ

Note: There are higher STO limits for certain businesses if eligible. Contact us for more information.

TOTAL credits available Single/HOH/MFS $2,483 | MFJ $4,965

Common Questions

Q) I love
XX Organization; can I just contribute to one charity and claim ALL credits?

A) No. The credits available are first capped at the category level. You can contribute more to a charity, but you'd be limited to the credit for that category. For instance – you could give $10 to a hundred different of Arizona's public schools for a total of $1,000, but you’d only be able to take credit on your capped max of $200 ($400 MFJ). The excess would still count as a charitable contribution.

Q) I file Married Filing Separate and my spouse doesn't do any of these credit donations; can I use them all on my separate return?

A) No. This is where things can get a little more complicated. The limits are tied to the individual taxpayer more than to the filing status. Community Property rules sometimes can make a difference, but in this case you’d want to be very careful to expect more of a credit that what you’d be able to claim.

Q) Federal or State Standard deduction vs itemized. If I take a standard deduction instead of itemizing my deductions, can I still claim qualified credits?

A) YES! On your Arizona return you can claim 25% of your charitable contributions (including non-cash contributions) as a separate deduction in addition to your standard deduction. Also, on your Federal return you may claim up to $300 for donations; this may be limited by other tax credits you take.

Talk with us to determine if taking advantage of this opportunity is right for you!