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12/26/2012 7:56:00 AM
How to tell if your charitable donation is eligible for a tax credit
Better Business Bureau


It's the season for giving and as the end of the year approaches, consumers may receive solicitations from charitable organizations requesting donations. Better Business Bureau (BBB) reminds consumers that some charitable donations may qualify for the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit.

Individual tax credit is offered for cash contributions made to qualifying charitable organizationsthat provide assistance to the working poor. To obtain a list of qualifying charitable organizations, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue at www.azdor.gov/TaxCredits/WorkingPoorTaxCredit.aspx.

BBB shares some of the requirements for claiming your contribution as a Working Poor Tax Credit.

According to the Arizona Department of Revenue, taxpayers filing as "single" and "head of household" status may claim a maximum credit of $200 for the Working Poor Tax Credit. Taxpayers that file as "married filing joint" may claim a maximum credit of $400.

To claim a credit on an Arizona state return, you must report the name of the qualifying charitable organization and the amount donated by submitting the Form 321 with your return to the Arizona Department of Revenue.

To claim the credit, you must itemize deductions on an Arizona state income tax return.

Before making any contributions, Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/) recommends selecting a trustworthy organization to ensure your donation is used for the cause intended.

Consumers can also obtain charity reviews through BBB's Wise Giving Alliance by visiting www.bbb.org/charity.

For more information on the Working Poor Tax Credit, contact the Arizona Department of Revenue at http://www.azdor.gov/TaxCredits/WorkingPoorTaxCredit.aspx


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