Editor's note: The Star has long supported tax credits that allow Arizonans to donate to organizations that serve the working poor and receive a break on their state income taxes through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.
We're teaming up with Interfaith Community Services to let readers know about some of the many local nonprofit groups that qualify for tax-credit donations.
While we cannot highlight every organization that does good work for Tucsonans, you can find the complete list of agencies that qualify for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit donations at www.AZTaxCredit-4SoAZ.org
Interfaith Community Services has compiled the following:
Want your tax dollars to stay in our community? It's easier than you may realize.
Arizona law allows you to receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on your Arizona state taxes when you donate to a local organization that helps the working poor.
Help struggling individuals and families this holiday season by taking advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. You can donate money you would otherwise pay in taxes to an organization that helps people in Tucson and Pima County.
You can claim up to $200 as a single person and up to $400 as a couple filing jointly when you itemize your tax return and donate by Dec. 31, 2011. The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit can be used in addition to any tax credits you've earned for gifts to public or private schools. Your donation may also be eligible for a deduction on your federal income tax.
Send your money to Phoenix or help those in need in Southern Arizona - it seems like an easy choice to make.
Thirteen local qualifying organizations are working together to educate our community about the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson; Casa de los Niños; Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona; Child & Family Resources; Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona; El Rio Health Center Foundation; Habitat for Humanity Tucson; Interfaith Community Services; Literacy Connects; Our Family Services; Pima Council on Aging; Primavera Foundation; and Youth on Their Own.
Here is a bit more about two of the organizations:
Our Family Services www.ourfamilyservices.org
Our Family makes our community a better place to live, to grow up, and to grow older with a continuum of services to people in every stage of life. Last year, 25,000 at-risk children, youths, families, seniors and disabled adults used Our Family's services, which include mediation, counseling, education, case management, housing, and information and referral.
Pima Council on Aging
Established in 1967, the nonprofit membership-supported organization plans, coordinates, develops and delivers in-home- and community-based services for older adults. PCOA also provides supportive assistance, accurate information, and local resources for family caregivers. More than 100 elderly women and men who rely on PCOA for basic assistance must wait to receive a weekly bath, help getting in and out of bed, changing clothing, or fixing a meal.
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