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:
There's so much to love about Southern Arizona. We have gorgeous scenery, a "dry" heat, University of Arizona sports, and - most important - a community that works together to help those in need.
As the economic crisis persists, more and more of our neighbors find themselves facing hardship. A lost job, a health crisis, or a drop in retirement income can quickly change someone's life.
You can help struggling individuals and families in southern Arizona this holiday season, and get something back, by taking advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.
Arizona law allows you to receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on your Arizona state taxes when you make a donation to a local organization that helps the working poor. 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. Donations must be made by December 31, 2011.
Contributions claimed through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit are in addition to any tax credits you've earned for gifts to public or private schools.
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 several of the agencies:
Habitat for Humanity Tucson
Habitat for Humanity Tucson offers an innovative solution to the crisis of poverty housing by giving a hand up, not a hand out. We accomplish our mission by creating opportunities for homeownership and building homes in partnership with the community and with low-income families. Habitat's HabiStore, located at 935 W. Grant Road, is a retail outlet that sells new and used, discounted home improvement items to the public.
Interfaith Community Services
Interfaith Community Services (ICS) brings together the caring power of 60 diverse faith communities, more than 600 volunteers, and numerous community and business partners to help seniors, disabled individuals, and families in crisis achieve stable and independent lives. ICS offers emergency financial assistance, Mobile Meals, health advocacy, transportation and caregiving services, and recently opened its expanded Food Bank. Last year ICS provided 49,000 services to nearly 21,000 clients.
In July 2011, five literacy organizations merged to become Literacy Connects and create one powerful voice to drive a literacy movement in Tucson and Southern Arizona. As one strong organization it is able to develop more resources, serve more people, do more good, and accomplish more of our collective missions. Combined, it offers a continuum of literacy services from birth through adulthood and create a unique opportunity to imbed art and culture into our work.
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