• What are Tax Credit Contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations?

    Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCOs) and Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations (QFCOs) are certified by the Arizona Department of Revenue to receive contributions eligible for the tax credit.

    Arizona provides two separate tax credits for individuals who make contributions to charitable organizations: one for donations to Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCO) and the second for donations to Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations (QFCO). Individuals making cash donations made to these charities may claim these tax credits on their Arizona Personal Income Tax returns.

  • What’s the difference between a tax credit and a tax deduction?

    A tax deduction is an expense that reduces taxable income and saves a certain percentage of tax. A tax deduction helps determine how much taxes you owe to the state.

    A tax credit, on the other hand, reduces your tax liability dollar-for-dollar. A tax credit reduces the amount you owe to the state. In other words, if you are married and filing jointly and owe $800 in state taxes, you can take the credit and owe nothing. By donating to a Qualifying Charitable Organization, or Qualifying Foster Care Organization, you may reduce the amount you owe to the state or you may increase your refund, dollar for dollar. This can allow you to donate to programs helping the working poor at no cost to you!

  • How does it work?

    Arizona provides two separate tax credits for individuals who make contributions to charitable organizations: one for donations to Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCO) and the second for donations to Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations (QFCO). Individuals making cash donations made to these charities may claim these tax credits on their Arizona Personal Income Tax returns.

    You can claim an Arizona Tax Credit by making a donation to a Qualifying Charitable Organization to reduce dollar-for-dollar what you owe in state income tax. The total AZ Tax Credit you can claim is limited by your tax liability. Couples who file jointly can reduce their state taxes by up to $800; individuals or head of household filers can claim a maximum tax credit of up to $400. Here’s how:

    1. Make a contribution to an eligible qualifying charitable organization here.
    2. When you file your state taxes, claim credit(s) on Form 321 (Qualified Charitable Organization) or Form 352 (Qualified Foster Care Organization) when you file your return - it is that easy!
       (Forms are available in November of each year at www.azdor.gov, or here
    3. List the Qualified Charitable Organization(s) (on Form 321 and/or 352) along with their QCO Code and your donation amount(s). Click here (link to Members page) for QCO Codes.
    4. If you contribute more than your total state tax amount, the credits may be carried forward five years, so not to worry if you end up with more credits than taxes.

    Remember to contact a qualified tax professional for expert advice on your specific tax situation.

  • What happened to the federal deduction for tax credits?

    On August 23, 2018 the IRS released new rules limiting charitable donations and state tax credits. Previously, when you made a donation that qualified for an Arizona dollar for dollar tax credit you received a state tax credit and a Federal charitable deduction. Taxpayer’s who make a donation after August 27, 2018 and claim an Arizona credit on their tax return will no longer be able to also claim the Federal charitable contribution for the associated donation.

    Any donations made before Tuesday, August 28 get BOTH the federal charitable deduction and the Arizona $1 for $1 tax credit. Donations made after Monday August 27th still qualify for the Arizona tax credit but will receive NO Federal charitable deduction. If you do not expect to itemize deductions under the new tax law, this will not have any tax effect on the contributions you would make. Thresholds for itemized deductions for 2018 are $24,000 for married couples filing jointly, $18,000 for head of house hold filers and $12,000 for single filers. In light of this new regulation, tax credits are still a great opportunity to direct your tax dollars locally and receive a dollar for dollar offset for your contributions. See your tax preparer for details on how this change affects you.

  • Explain what a QCO (Qualified Charitable Organization) code is and how do I use it on my tax forms?

    Effective in 2018, the Arizona Department of Revenue has assigned a five (5) digit code number to identify each Qualifying Charitable Organization and Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization for Arizona tax credit purposes on Form 321 and Form 352, which is included with the Arizona income tax return. (These forms are available on the Arizona Department of Revenue website in November of each year.) Taxpayers must use the “QCO Code” or “QFCO Code” of certified organizations to claim the tax credits for contributions QCOs or QFCOs. The Arizona Department of Revenue lists of qualifying charities include the code assigned to each organization and are available at azdor.gov.

    Click here for a list of Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition Members and their QCO Codes.

    Click here for a listing of all state Qualifying Charitable Organizations and their QCO Codes.

    Click here for a listing of all state Qualifying Foster Care Organizations and their QCO Codes.

    Can I still take the school credit along with the charitable tax credits?

    Yes! Tax Credits for contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations and Qualifying Foster Care Organizations are in addition to and completely separate from the Public School Activity Tax Credit and Private School Tuition Tax Credit – you may participate in all of them in the same tax season. For example, you can donate up to $800 (filing jointly) to a Qualifying Charitable Organization, donate up to $1,000 (filing jointly) to a Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization, AND donate to your local public and/or private school. Combine all for significant savings!

    Click here (link to Members page) to view Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition Qualifying Organizations.

  • Who can take advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit?

    Yes! You can receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits in the same tax season for Qualifying Charitable Organizations, Qualifying Foster Care Organizations, and the Arizona Public and Private School Tax Credits. You can donate up to $800 to Qualifying Charitable Organizations, up to $1,000 to Qualifying Foster Care Organizations, in addition to local schools. Combine all three for significant savings!

    Click here to view additional detail on available State Tax Credits.

  • Do I have to give the full $800 or $400 to get the tax credit?

    You are not required to give the full maximum tax credit of $800 or $400. You may donate any amount up to your limit and receive the credit; up to $800 if you are married and filing jointly, or $400 if you are married and filing separately or a single taxpayer or head of household. For example, if you give $200, you will be eligible for a tax credit of $200. If you give $1,000, you will be eligible for up to a $800 tax credit (married, filing jointly). You may also make convenient monthly donations so that when April 15th arrives, you won’t have to write a big donation check

  • What is the Foster Care Tax Credit?

    This individual income tax credit is available for contributions to Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations that provide immediate basic needs to residents of Arizona who receive temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefits, are low income residents of Arizona, or are children who have a chronic illness or physical disability, and provide immediate basic needs to at least 200 qualifying individuals in the foster care system. The tax credit is claimed on Form 352. The maximum credit allowed is $1,000 for married filing joint filers and $500 for single, heads of household, and married filing separate filers.

    You can claim this tax credit in addition to the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and school tax credits.

  • How do I document my contribution?

    Each agency is responsible for sending a letter confirming your contribution to them. This letter documents your contribution and is necessary to support your tax credit. Please make sure you include the QCO Code on your Tax Forms. Click here for QCO Codes.

  • How do I know if I am eligible to take a tax credit?

    Anyone who pays Arizona state income tax is eligible for the credit. This credit is in addition to the school tax credits. The total AZ Tax Credit you can claim is limited by your tax liability. If you are unsure if you qualify for the tax credit, contact your tax advisor.

  • Is every Arizonan eligible to claim the tax credit?

    Only Arizonians who have an Arizona state tax liability are eligible to claim the tax credit. This is not a refundable credit. If the maximum allowable credit is more than you pay in state taxes annually, you can only receive back in a tax credit up to what your liability is.

    You can contribute up to the amount of your expected Arizona tax liability. If you contribute more than your total state tax amount, the credits can be carried forward five years.

    In general, you must make your tax credit donations by April 15, 2020 in order for them to apply to the 2019 year.

  • How do I qualify for and make a Charitable Tax Contribution?

    As long as you have a tax liability to the State of Arizona, you qualify for tax credits. Just report the amount you donated and the Qualified Charitable Organization’s QCO Code on Tax Form 321. The maximum credit allowed is $800 for married filing joint filers and $400 for single, heads of household, and married filing separate filers. Use Tax Form 352 for donations to Qualified Foster Care Organization. The maximum credit allowed is $1,000 for married filing joint filers and $500 for single, heads of household, and married filing separate filers. To download these tax forms, please click here.

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  • How do I file for the credit?

    Simply fill out Arizona Form 321 noting the Qualified Charitable Organization’s name and QCO Code and include them with your tax return. These forms are made available in November of each year and are included with tax materials provided by the State of Arizona. They are also available here in the "Forms & QCO Codes" section of this website. If you are unsure if you qualify for the tax credit, contact a qualified tax professional for advice on your specific tax situation.

  • What qualified organizations can I donate to?

    To view a current list of Qualified Charitable Organizations with the Arizona Department of Revenue, click here.

    To view the qualified Charitable Organizations participating in the Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition, please click here.

  • Are the agencies listed in the Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition qualified charitable organizations under Arizona law?

    Yes! Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCOs) and Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations (QFCOs) are certified by the Arizona Department of Revenue to receive contributions eligible for the tax credit. Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition agencies are Qualifying Charitable Organizations as defined by the Arizona Department of Revenue spending at least 50% of their budget on basic needs to qualifying residents of Arizona.

  • Where can I get more information about the tax credit?

    Visit the Arizona Department of Revenue website at azdor.gov, or call Taxpayer Assistance 1-800-352-4090. Contact your tax preparer for details about your personal taxes.

  • Where can I get the forms needed for my tax return?

    Arizona Tax Forms are also available for download online at the Arizona Department of Revenue website by clicking here.

    These forms are included with tax materials provided by the State of Arizona.

  • Where can I get more information about the school tax credit?

    Arizona taxpayers may claim a credit of up to $200 per single taxpayer or $400 per household if you contribute to extracurricular activities or character education programs in the Arizona public or charter school of your choice. This tax law provides you the opportunity to support your favorite student’s school.

    For the public schools credit, you choose to pay some of the state income tax you owe directly to a school. Married couples filing jointly can contribute up to $400, and individuals can contribute up to $200.

    More information about the public school tax credit can be found by clicking here.

  • Do I have to live within the school district I want to contribute to?

    No - Any individual who pays Arizona State income tax can contribute.

  • When is the deadline to make a tax credit donation?

    In general, you must make your tax credit donations no later than tax-day each year, in order for them to apply to the previous year.


    The deadline to donate to a Qualifying Charitable Organization, and take advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit on your 2019 state taxes, is April 15, 2020 or whichever date you file your 2019 state taxes. Your tax professional can answer additional questions about tax credits and the forms you need to file your State returns to get the credit.

  • What happened to the Working Poor Tax Credit?

    What was formerly known as the Working Poor Credit is now officially known as the donations to Qualifying Charitable Organizations. This change was made in 2013 to reflect the expansion of the credit to include Foster Care organizations.

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