FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Individual Tax Credit Contribution
You can contribute up to the combined maximum of the Original ARS 43-1089 and Switcher ARS 43-1089.03, or your Arizona tax liability, whichever is less, and receive a dollar-for-dollar Arizona state tax credit. If you have no liability, you cannot receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit.
You must first contribute the maximum to the Original tuition tax credit program, in order to contribute the additional amount.
When you are filing your taxes, you can claim the tax credit by using the Arizona forms 301 and 323 along with state income tax forms. However, if you contribute to the Switcher program, you also need to file a 348 form. Also use AZ Schedule A to claim the federal deduction. All these forms and more can be found at azdor.gov.
TAX FORMS: 2019 Tax Form Instruction
Yes! You may recommend anyone who is not your child or dependent. STO4KIDZ selection committee retains discretion regarding all awards. If you have no student preference, you have the option to recommend a private school of your choice. Your tax contribution will then be considered for students attending that school who have completed applications with STO4KIDZ, or you may contribute to STO4KIDZ general funds to be awarded to any qualified student at a private school. The law prohibits parents from swapping tax credit to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent.
A minimum 90% of your contribution is used for scholarship award on a monthly basis.
Yes. STO4KIDZ will EMAIL you a tax receipt to the email address you provide on your contribution form within 10 business days after your payment is complete. If you have a question or would like us to MAIL you a receipt, please email us at INFO@STO4KIDZ.ORG .
STO4KIDZ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. You should consult your tax advisor for your specific tax question.
We sincerely welcome and appreciate your support and participation in this most worthwhile program at no out of pocket cost to you.
Corporate Tax Credit
In 2006 and then in 2008, the Arizona State Legislature passed into law the Corporate Income Tax Credit and then the Disabled/Displaced Corporate Income Tax Credit(A.R.S. §20-224.06 and § 43-1183), which allows a corporation to contribute to a qualified STO (School Tuition Organization) and receive a dollar-for-dollar Tax Credit up to the total amount of their tax liabilities and may qualify to also claim that amount on their federal taxes as a donation. The statewide Low-Income Corporate Tax Credits for fiscal year 2019/20 is $106,993,207 and Disabled/Displaced Tax Credit is $5,000,000.
On July 2, 2019 STO4KIDZ will submit the pre-approval corporate applications to the Arizona Department Of Revenue (ADOR) on behalf of the corporations which have submitted their pledge forms to STO4KIDZ. ADOR will process the applications on a first-come-first-served basis until the state cap amount is reached and at that point, no more application is accepted. Typically the cap is met within the first hour, so it is important to have your Pledge form filled with us well prior to June 30, 2019.
At no out of pocket cost to you or your corporation, you will receive a dollar-for-dollar State Income Tax Credit AND may qualify to claim your contribution on your federal taxes as a donation to STO4KIDZ, a non-profit charitable organization pursuant to federal law, Section 501c3, which in-turn awards a minimum 90% of every dollar in the same school-year calendar at the beginning of each semester in scholarships to qualified students attending qualified private schools in Arizona . (Please consult your tax advisor) http://www.azdor.gov/TaxCredits/CorporateTuitionTaxCredits.aspx
C-Corporations can allocate up to 100% of their state income tax liabilities for the given tax year as long as it does not exceed the statewide cap for the year. Credit can be carried forward for up to 5 years.
S-Corporations, (as defined in section 1361 of the Internal Revenue Code) can either claim the credit against income taxes at the corporate level (income tax reported on an Arizona 120S corporate income tax return) or it may make an irrevocable election to pass the credit through to its individual shareholders. The S-Corp must make a minimum aggregate contribution of $5,000 within their taxable year in order to pass the credit through to its shareholders and may allocate up to 100% of their state income tax liability for the given tax year, receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit; then pass the credit on to its shareholders proportionately. If a corporation allocates more than their tax liability, it can be carried forward for up to 5 years. The contribution must be made by the S-corp, not a shareholder, in order to be eligible for the corporate tax credit. Each individual shareholder may claim only a pro rata share of the credit based on the individual’s ownership interest in the S-corp. (A.R.S. § 43-1089.04)
LLCs that are taxed as S-corporations for federal and state purposes are eligible to contribute for tax credit.
Insurance companies which pay Arizona state tax liability on their premium income can allocate up to 100% of their premium tax liabilities.
Can a corporation contribute after the end of its fiscal year and still claim the credit on its prior fiscal year tax return?
No. Corporations can only claim their contribution in the tax year in which the contribution is made. (Plus, five years for carry forward purposes). The law allows your corporation to allocate your tax liability to a School Tuition Organization (STO) such as STO4KIDZ, designating a private school, not a specific student. However, if there are not enough eligible students at your designated school, the money will be awarded among eligible students attending other qualifying private schools in Arizona.
- K-12 Students with a demonstrated financial need
- Pre-K–12 Students with Disabilities
- Kindergarten Students with a demonstrated financial need
- US Armed Forces Dependents
- Foster Children
- Students Transferring from a Public or Charter School with a demonstrated financial need
- Previous Corporate or Switcher Scholarship Recipients
1. Determine how much to allocate based on your corporation’s tax liability for the current year.
2. Complete and submit the Corporate Income Tax allocation pledge/ application Form to STO4KIDZ by or before June 30, 2020.
3. STO4KIDZ will prepare your application form and will submit to ADOR on July 2, 2020. (ADOR will only accept applications submitted by an STO such as STO4KIDZ)
4. The same day our office receives your approval notification from ADOR, we will email your corporation a copy of the approval form with key instructions.
5. Within 20 days you will fund School Tuition Organization 4 Kidz (STO4KIDZ) in order to keep the tax credit for the fiscal year 2020.
We sincerely welcome and appreciate your support and participation in this most worthwhile program at no-out-of-pocket cost to you.
STO4KIDZ is a School Tuition Organization (STO) which falls under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We provide scholarships to qualifying students attending qualified private schools in Arizona through tax credit contributions made by individuals and corporations. STO4KIDZ is certified by the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) to be in compliance with the Private School Tuition Tax Credit Requirements.
1. Complete a STO4KIDZ online application. The application process will cover the Original, Switcher, and Corporate scholarships award opportunities for your student(s). One application is required for each student per school year.
2. Begin the enrollment process with the private school of choice. Your student must either be attending a private school or the enrollment is in process.
All students can be recommended by donors for the Individual Original Tax Credit. STO4KIDZ awards a minimum 90% of every dollar in scholarship, MONTHLY.
Must apply for each student once per school year. The application is good for each school academic year and it expires at the end of each school year.
Online application opens twice a year. See below for timelines:
- May 1st, through July 1st.
- November 1st, through December 1st.
Yes! A current completed application must be on file for STO4KIDZ to consider a scholarship for your student for the current academic school year. Application expires at the end of each school year; therefore, the parent/guardian must apply for the student(s) every year. We highly take into consideration the recommendations of tax contributors, but it does not guarantee a scholarship and are not the only factor that STO4KIDZ considers when granting an award. However, we will do our best to meet the tuition needs of every student.
1. Family Financial circumstances
2. A brief narrative about the student by parents/ guardian
3. Letters of recommendation for the student (Considering student’s age)
4. Students with disabilities: Pre-school-12 grade (Must provide supporting documents)
5. Displaced student / Foster child (Must provide supporting documents)
No. Students must be enrolled in a private school full-time to receive STO scholarship.
The ESA statute (A.R.S. §15-2402(B)(3) requires that while a parent has a contract with the ESA program, a student cannot receive both ESA and STO money for the same period. The ESA program states that student may utilize an STO scholarship up to the start of ESA funding. Funding from the ESA program is on a quarterly basis and begins in the quarter following acceptance to the program. Once ESA funding begins, any outstanding STO scholarship money must be refunded by the private school to the STO.
The Original and Switcher awards are distributed monthly, and the Corporate scholarships are awarded at the beginning of each semester. You will be notified by an email each time your student receives a scholarship award and a tuition scholarship check will be sent to your student’s school.
*Please contact us, if you are not sure your student may or may not qualify to receive the Switcher (aka) Overflow /PLUS Tax Credit or the Corporate scholarships.