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People are often surprised to discover that although Legacy Traditional School feels very much like a private school, it is in fact, a tuition-free public charter school. We often are asked, “How do charter schools do so much more with less?” The Arizona State funding of public charter school students is traditionally 20% less than what is given to public schools. Charter schools are finding success because the private sector is better at managing funds, motivating teachers and staff, and giving more of what children need in a quality education. A culture of excellence, caring, generosity, and going above the norm is evident at Legacy Traditional Schools.
How can families and the community support the school and encourage teachers and students to continue on their path toward excellence? By directing funding to the areas that are most important to them. For example, if only 100 families contribute the $400 allowed by the State of Arizona, that would be $40,000 that would be used for our schools, above and beyond what the government provides. What could an extra $40,000 do for the Fine Arts Program, or the Music Program or the Athletic Program? What if 1,000 friends and families joined this effort?
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5 FAQ’s About the Arizona Public School Tax Credit
- What is the Arizona Public School Tax Credit?
The State of Arizona offers taxpayers the opportunity to contribute toward extra-curricular programs to any public school of their choice and receive a credit on their state taxes, better known as the Arizona Public School Tax Credit. Arizona Tax Law (ARS 43-1089.01) allows for married couples, filing jointly, a tax credit of up to $400, and individuals a tax credit of up to $200. The tax credit is available to all State of Arizona taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school.
- How does this credit work?
Up to $400 of the amount you contribute may be claimed as a state tax credit on your income tax return. For example, if you contribute $400 to Legacy Traditional School, your state tax credit would be $400, which may be subtracted from any taxes you owe that year.
- How can I participate in the Legacy Traditional School Arizona Tax Credit?
Simply complete the Arizona Public School Tax Credit form, found on the other side, attach your check in the amount of the contribution payable to Legacy Traditional School by April 15, 2017.
- When is the last day I can give my contribution?
All contributions must be submitted in the 2016 Calendar Year. You may mail your contribution along with the Arizona Tax Credit form to our District Office (3201 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286) and make sure it is postmarked prior to April 15, 2017. If you wish to make a last minute contribution, you may do so securely online via debit or credit card at Secure.LegacyTraditional.org prior to 12 midnight on April 15, 2016. You may also make an early contribution toward the Arizona Tax Credit via monthly payments for the 2016 Calendar Year.
- Do the tax credits go directly to the school or to the district?
Contributions for the tax credit are donated directly to the school—not to the school district, and not even to the state. Your donation will go exactly to where you want it by selecting from the following extra-curricular options: Athletics, Fine Arts, Music, Clubs, Field Trips and/or K.E.E.P.
If you are paying AZ state income tax you have the opportunity to decide how your tax dollars are spent/ used. By making an ECA Tax Credit donation to a qualifying school like LTS you can support the program of your choice. Individuals can claim up to $200 and those filing a joint return can claim up to $400. Payments can be made in a lump sum or in installments. Contact us if you want to set up a recurring donation (like $33 per month for 12 months). Please consult your tax advisor to determine how to take advantage of your donation.