When you make a tax credit contribution to a Tucson school, you create a job right here in Tucson. Jobs that tax credit dollars create:
- Physical education teachers in elementary schools
- Music teachers
- Art teachers
- OMA artists
- Middle school coaches for basketball, soccer, volleyball and track and field
- Middle school referees and umpires for 8 sports (four sports for boys, four for girls)
- Tutors for elementary and middle schools
- Bus and van drivers for transporting students to games and other events
- High school coaches for a wide range of sports
- High school referees for a wide range of sports
- Cheerleading coaches
- Dance directors
- Other coaches, instructors and leaders for a wide range of extracurricular activities
Use your tax dollars right here in Tucson to create jobs here.
Pay Fees, Get Credits
You qualify for a tax credit if you pay for a child to participate in an extracurricular activity or character education program at school.
You can pay the fee by credit card. It's easy! Here's how.
- Pay by credit card.
- Sign into one of your student’s account.
- Select the student for whom the fee is for.
- If the Participation Fee has been placed by the school on the student’s account, a red “Attention” box will display. Select the red [View] to see the unpaid fee. Select the empty box under “Pay”. Select [Pay Selected Fines/Fees]. Go to Step 7.
- If the Participation Fee has not been placed by the school on the student’s account, select [Participation Fees]. Select the blue [Buy] button associated with the Participation Fee being paid for. Select [Checkout]. Go to Step 7.
- If neither Step 4 nor Step 5 are available, contact your student’s school.
- “Your Cart” with the item in it will display. You may [Continue Shopping] to add more items to your cart.
- Select [Checkout Step 1: Additional Info] and edit any donor information displayed.
- Select [Checkout Step 2: Payment] and provide payment information.
- Select [Pay Now].
- Print out a receipt for your records.
The child's school is automatically informed about every online credit card payment.
Thank you for helping children learn and for helping Tucson Unified by paying the fee! We're glad you are eligible to get a tax credit for that payment.
- Can I use my credit card to make a contribution?
Answer: Yes. TUSD accepts credit card payments online.
- What is a tax credit?
Answer: A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your Arizona income tax liability. You subtract the amount of your contribution from the income tax you owe the State of Arizona. For example, suppose you are married and filing jointly and owe $1,000 in state income tax. When you make a $400 public school tax credit contribution, you receive a $400 credit on your Arizona income tax return.
- Is it a tax deduction?
Answer: No. You receive a tax credit on your Arizona income tax return for your contribution. As a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax obligation, a tax credit is much more valuable to you than a tax deduction.
- Who is eligible?
Answer: This tax credit is available to everyone who pays Arizona state income tax.
- Do I have to itemize?
Answer: No. You do not have to itemize deductions.
- What form(s) do I have to fill out?
Answer: You need to file Arizona Form 140 (the longer tax return form) and complete form 322 and Form 301.
- Do I have to live within TUSD?
Answer: No, any individual who pays Arizona State income tax can give to any Arizona public school.
- Why else should I participate?
Answer: You participation means you (not the Arizona legislature) get to decide where your tax dollars are spent. When you participate, your taxes are spent here in Tucson. Here’s another reason to participate: contributing doesn't cost you anything.
- Who chooses the activity my contribution supports?
Answer: You do. For each school, you can choose an activity to support. If you want to support sports, choose sports. If you love music, make that choice. The easiest way to see the full list of eligible activities is to pay by credit card here.
- How do I make the contribution – the payment?
Answer: You pay by credit card or by check to the school of your choice.
- Do I have to contribute the full $200 or $400?
Answer: Not at all. You are welcome to contribute up to the $200 (filing single) or $400 (married, filing jointly) all at once. Contributions of any amount help kids. You can contribute as many times as you want. For example, you can make a contribution once a month during the year.
- How do I prove I paid?
Answer: If you pay by credit card, you can print out a receipt. If you pay by check, the school will mail you a receipt after they receive your contribution.
- Why should I contribute to a public school?
Answer: You tax credit contribution helps kids learn and can create jobs. If you want to help kids learn and create jobs, then contribute.
- Who chooses which school receives my contribution?
Answer: You do. You can choose a school based on student need, grade levels, location, or personal preference. See the list of TUSD schools.
- I can't decide which school to contribute to. Can you provide me with information about schools with the greatest need?
Answer: Please see the Greatest Needs tab for ideas about which schools most need your contributions.
- What is the Charitable Tax Credit, and can I contribute to both the Charitable Tax Credit and the Public Schools Tax Credit?
Answer: Yes, you can contribute to both! The Charitable Tax Credit allows you to direct some of your tax dollars to supporting charitable organizations that support the working poor. The Educational Enrichment Foundation is one of these organizations. This is a separate tax credit from the Public Schools Tax Credit, and, depending on your tax liability, you can claim both. When you contribute your Charitable Tax Credit to the Educational Enrichment Foundation and your Public Schools Tax Credit to a TUSD school, you support TUSD in two ways, for the Educational Enrichment Foundation directs its funds directly to supporting TUSD students, teachers, and classrooms.
- I'm ready to contribute. Now what do I do?
Answer: Pay online with your credit card. Or complete the printable Tax Credit form and mail it with your contribution to the TUSD school of your choice. Remember to make your check payable to the school to which you are contributing.
Print these forms if you'd like to take a donation to a school through the mail. All forms have English and Spanish text.