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What is the Individual Private School Tuition Tax Credit?
Any taxpayer with an Arizona state tax liability may receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their donation to
The STO empowers Arizona Income Taxpayers to be take control and be involved in improving education in Arizona by re-directing their state income tax to organizations like CTGO that provide educational scholarships to participating private school students. For tax year 2019, individuals are entitled to a 100% dollar-for-dollar credit against their Arizona income tax owed, up to $1,138 per married couple or $569 per individual. CTGO then disburses tuition awards to students at participating private schools in Arizona. This tax credit program, implemented in 1998, is regulated under ARS 43-1089 and ARS 43-1601 thru 1605.
What is the PLUS (Private Learning Uplifting Students)/Switcher Credit?
In 2012, Arizona implemented an additional education credit, the PLUS/Switcher Credit. This credit is designed to help new students to attend private schools that may not have otherwise had this educational opportunity, uplifting students in Arizona. For the tax year 2020, after the maximum donation ($1,186 for married couples and $593 for individuals) is met under the Original Tax Credit, all additional donations are automatically directed to the PLUS/switcher Tax Credit.
You can donate an additional amount up to $1,179 for married couples and $590 for individuals to the PLUS/Switcher Tax Credit, bringing your total maximum contribution up to $2,365 for married couples and $1,183 for individuals.
Specific student eligibility factors are required; see the PLUS Tax Credit Eligibility section. This tax credit program is additionally regulated under ARS 43-1089.03
Individual Scholarship Donations
- Original Scholarships are funded through the Original Individual Tax Credit Law, enacted in 1997 as A.R.S. 43-1089. Any student enrolled in a Private School in grades K-12 (or a preschool student with disabilities) qualifies for this scholarship.
- Overflow Scholarships are funded through the Switcher Tax Credit Law which took effect in August of 2012 as A.R.S. 43-1089.03.
- CTGO does not have set amounts for these scholarships. Scholarships cannot exceed current year’s tuition.
Corporate/Low-Income Scholarship: To qualify students must fall under one of the four following categories and be considered low income according to 185% of income level set by the Federal Reduced Lunch Guideline (see household income guideline below):
- Switchers: Students who have switched from an Arizona public or charter school after having attended the public school for at least 90 days/ one full semester in the prior school year.
2. Kindergartners: All Kindergarten students entering into an Arizona private school qualify. Pre-K students with a disability also qualify with an IEP or 504 plan.
3. Military: Students who are the dependents of a member of the US Armed Forces stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders.
4. Previous Scholarship Award: Students who have previously received a scholarship in a prior year from any of the scholarship programs (Corporate, Individual or Overflow and has continued in private school after receiving the award.
By law, a completed application and/or donor recommendation cannot guarantee a scholarship.
What is a School Tuition Organization, STO? Does the AZ Department of Revenue certify STOs?
A School Tuition Organization (STO) is one that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and allocates at least 90% of its annual revenue to tuition awards, and makes its tuition awards available to students from more than one qualified school. CTGO annually reports to the Arizona Department of Revenue (AZDOR) with statute required reports.
The AZDOR certifies all school tuition organizations that are in compliance with the Private School Tuition Tax Credit Requirements. CTGO is certified by the Arizona Department of Revenue.