You can help Tucson kids, from kindergarten through high school, have the greatest academic success by giving them the opportunity to participate in the "extra"--in extra-curricular activities, including sports, arts and field trips and more.
You can give kids this opportunity by taking advantage of Arizona's public school tax credit program. You just choose to pay some of the state income tax you owe (up to $200 filing single; up to $400 married, filing jointly) directly to a TUSD school. Instead of sending all your tax money to Phoenix, you can spend some of it right here in Tucson to help kids succeed in school.
Your tax credit contribution gives kids an extra chance to stay in school, learn more and do better in their classes. Kids who play sports in school are more likely to stay in school and succeed academically. Kids who participate in fine arts--in programs in art and music--actually do better in basic academic subjects, including math! It's also true that kids can learn a lot on extracurricular field trips.
Best of all, in Arizona, you get your tax credit contribution back, subject to the limits of your tax liability, when you participate now and then file your tax return. Please consult your tax professional for more information.
Choose the specific school--and extracurricular activity-- that's important to you to support. It's that simple.
You can make contributions through December 31, but our kids need your help right now. Today. So please, make a contribution right now, by check or by credit card.
So give kids the extra credit--a tax credit contribution that pays for vital extracurricular activites.
Some TUSD schools are scheduled to be closed beginning the 2013-2014 school year. (See the School Master Plan pages for more information.)
You can still choose these schools for your tax credit contribution.
The schools will remain open through May 23, 2013, and they have many programs that will benefit from your contribution. Any tax credit dollars left unspent will be equitably distributed to the schools which receive students from the closed school.
For more information about school consolidation and closure, see the School Master Plan pages.