Are you taking advantage of the Arizona tax credits available to reduce the amount of income tax you have to pay? If not, you should be. There are a number of opportunities available to benefit The Singletons and other schools and organizations—and contributing may not cost you a dime!
A tax credit gives you much more ‘bang for the buck’ than a deduction. A deduction reduces your taxable income, while a credit actually removes your tax liability – dollar for dollar. If you owe, the donation will reduce the amount owed, dollar for dollar. If you’re getting a refund, the credit will increase your refund, dollar for dollar.
Even better than that, you actually have until you file your Arizona tax return to make a retroactive contribution to the organization of your choice for the prior tax year. In other words, if you sit down in front of your tax professional on April 14th, and realize that you owe a tax payment to the Arizona Department of Revenue, you can make a payment to one or more charitable organizations instead. If you’re getting a refund, but still want to make a contribution, you can increase your Arizona refund dollar for dollar.
And you’re not just limited to one or two of theses credits. If you have enough tax liability, you can actually donate to all five of the credits listed below. That means, a married couple filing jointly can effectively eliminate up to $4,869 in Arizona tax liability. Talk about voting with your dollar! If you contribute more than your liability for the year, you can roll those credits forward against future tax liability for up to five years.
For all of these credits, you no longer need to itemize your deductions in order to take advantage of them. Sounds like a win-win-win for the taxpayer and the organization receiving the donation. Here are just a few of the tax credit opportunities available.
Personal Tax Credits
- Qualifying Charitable Organizations – Formerly the Working Poor credit, these contributions go to organizations that provide medical care, childcare, shelter, and job training services to low income Arizona residents. The Singletons is just one of the many organizations that qualify for this credit.
- Qualifying Foster Care Organization Credit is a relatively new credit, first available for the 2013 tax year. Each of these organizations provide services to more than 200 Arizona foster children.
- Public School Tax Credit – Arizona taxpayers can contribute to an Arizona public school. You can even count your child’s activity fees paid to their public school. Schools use these credits to help fund extracurricular activities, character education programs, prep materials for standardized testing and other qualifying activities.
- Individual Private School Tuition Credits – Two private school tuition tax credits are available for individual taxpayers—if you contribute more than the maximum credit to a private school tuition organization, the remainder of your contribution may roll over to the certified school tuition organization credit. This effectively doubles the amount you may contribute to the tuition organization of your choice.
When you support an organization like the Singletons, you are effectively designating exactly where you’d like your Arizona tax dollars to go. The organization that you choose gets 100% of your donation, and you ultimately get all of that money back in reduction of your Arizona tax liability. What could be better than that?
|Credit||Single, Head of Household, Married filing separately limit||Married filing jointly limit||Deadline|
|Qualifying Charitable Org. (Form 321)||$400||$800||April 15th of the following year|
|Qualifying Foster Care Org. (Form 321)||$500||$1,000||April 15th of the following year|
|Public School (Form 322)||$200||$400||April 15th of the following year|
|Private School Tuition / Certified School Tuition (Form 323 / 348)||$1,135 for 2019, indexed annually for inflation||$2,269 for 2019, indexed annually for inflation||April 15th of the following year|
|Arizona Military Family Relief Fund||$200||$400||Capped at a total of $1 million per year.|
Find out more about how you can support The Singletons via the Arizona Charitable Tax credit here.
Special thanks to Stacy Herman Lang, with Lang Accounting Services, PLLC , for being a community partner to The Singletons and providing us with this valuable information. Stacy Herman Lang is an Arizona CPA, specializing in personal and small business taxes. She is also a Certified Profit First Professional for small business. Her business – Lang Accounting Services, PLLC, is located in Tempe and has been in operation since 2008. Stacy has lived in the Phoenix area since 1982.
As the founder of The Singletons, I have always referred to the organization as my fourth child. The Singletons, just like any child, has brought me a countless amount of proud “mama” moments, a few tears and an endless amount of hope for the future.
I believe, “It takes a village to raise a child”. The Singletons is a unique organization built on the simple concept of supporting each other through life’s struggles. We are an innovative organization whom focus on day-to-day needs that people take for granted, as well as the emotional and financial stress of facing cancer. The Singleton’s vision of being the village that raises a family out of desperation and despair has endured.
The Singleton mission is driven by these straightforward yet impactful goals;
- Promote time spent as a family
- Provide practical household support
- Relieve the family budget
- Reduce the level of stress within the home
OUR FAMILIES NEED YOU
As Singleton Mom, Tiffany, puts it, “I felt so much stronger for having The Singletons. I feel like a transformed person taking that stress away. Feeling that gratitude, support and love, turned my emotional world around. ”
Raising a family has its challenges regardless. Raising a family as a single parent amplifies the stress. Add a terrifying cancer diagnosis into the mix, along with exhausting treatments, all the while trying to raise a family as a single parent is nearly impossible. The strength our Singleton Families radiate is truly inspiring. They are the heartbeat of the organization.
- 60% of the families that The Singletons serve have a parent with stage 4, incurable cancer
- 66% of Singleton Parents with cancer or with a child with cancer are not able to work
- 73% do not receive child support
Other organizations may address one of these issues, but none provide the programs to address all of these intertwined areas of life, nor do they focus on the single parent population.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL
Over the course of a year, a Singleton Family will have the opportunity to receive $5,000 in assistance through programs such as; utility bills, family style dinners, restocking of household necessities, Holiday gifts and fun family activities. This is UNPARALLELED support! Although it is no easy task, we rely completely on the generosity of individuals, groups and corporations in our community.
MAGNIFY THE LOVE
In 2018, adjustments and cuts to our one-of-a-kind program operations had to be made. However, the need continues to grow. I have always tried to find the bright side of a situation but this has to be said, “We have had a difficult go of it lately!” Since the organization’s inception in 2006, the last 18 months have proven to be our most challenging. Donations have been historically low.
YOU CAN HELP
Your charitable gift to The Singletons will help single parent families battling cancer in Arizona today and it qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (QCO Code: 21020). ADDITIONALLY, by making your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit through the Executive Council Charities and their Support Arizona Youth (SAY) Campaign; www.ec70phx.com/Ong-Singletons. They will match 25% of your donation to The Singletons. Now your gift is MAGNIFIED!
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I am endlessly grateful for your generosity! The Singletons would be unable to give the love, support and caring nature our programs provide if not for you. Together, we are…. Meeting the Needs of Today…. Providing Hope for Tomorrow!
Executive Director/ Founder
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So many people in our community are willing to stand strong with us, and support single parent families dealing with cancer. They are an invaluable resource, and we are sincerely grateful for the time, referrals, the helping-hands, and monetary donations. These are essential to providing the best program services we can to our Singleton families. Here’s how you can plug in…
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Each month we host meal preparation events at Dream Dinners (location changes monthly). Volunteers from corporate, community or faith based groups mix/measure/package ingredients to create fresh family meals, which are then frozen and distributed to our families. Meals are packed with instructions (often simple enough for a child, 10 years and up, to cook). Typically designed for groups of 10-12 participants.
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Bare Necessities are items that keep the home running smoothly: laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, paper towel, toilet paper, etc. Host a donation drive to collect the household supplies from our provided list and bring to our warehouse in North Phoenix. Surprisingly, the items on our list are excluded from SNAP, or government assistance funds so it is truly a big help to our families.
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Spend a few hours at our office each month and fill the orders that our families requested from the Bare Necessities list. This usually takes place in the middle of the month, for a few hours. 1-2 people
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By request from a family, volunteers deliver the Bare Necessities bundles and frozen meals to those who asked for the items to be delivered. These volunteers must submit a background check (available through our office – cost is $15).
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Easy to do from any location, our office or yours! You / your family / your office / your club or group can roll sets of plastic cutlery (ie: a plastic fork, knife & spoon) into a napkin. Tie a pretty ribbon around the rolled up napkin and you’re done!
Many times, a patient going through treatment complain of a metallic taste in their mouth. Patients tell us that plastic ware makes eating a little more tolerable. And we think the individual sets, wrapped in a ribbon, is just a nice touch for mealtime.
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We have an abundance of brand new clothes, jewelry, and misc. items donated by generous retailers. Our families got first ‘dibs’ and we need to make room by selling the rest at super low prices. Event dates: August 24th & 25th, 7am-1pm. All proceeds benefit programs for our Singleton families. Help is needed August 22-23 to prepare and set up, or August 24th & Aug 25th, for one of the fours shifts of our sale event.
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A fun & fabulous opportunity to move your muscles in whatever way you choose! You can walk, run, pedal, swim, ski, motorcycle, skate …just have a great time. Create teams from your office, get your neighbors together, register your family and do something fun together… use your imagination and have a great time supporting single parent families who are dealing with cancer. Get out and move, the world as your gym.
Online registration opens in Sept. We only ask that you register (ie: you are not soliciting funds, just having fun). Registered participants receive a race t-shirt and participation medal. Volunteers are needed to help spread the word and encourage people from every state to participate! Use your voice, your clout, your social media, email and enthusiasm to encourage others to register.
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Every holiday season, The Singletons organization helps brighten an often gloomy, overwhelming time of year by providing our families with holiday gifts. Sign up to sponsor a family and shop from the family wish lists. Wrapped gifts are dropped off at our office in North Phoenix the week before our holiday event.
The day of our holiday event, we also need volunteers to help provide and oversee a children’s craft /activity area, or our gift shop where the kids are able to pick out something special for their parent(s). “Store Assistants” and “Gift Wrappers” are needed to help this run smoothly.
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Fundraising events always need extra help to prepare for the program, many weeks leading up to the program, as well as the day of the event. We are forming committees for our Gala in February 2019, which will be held at Harley Davidson, in Scottsdale. There will be food, raffles, live music, silent and live auctions and fun. Please let us know if you like to be part of an event-specific task and help plan and execute a successful event.
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To Be Determined in coming months – Individuals or groups purchase and fill birthday gift bags with all the supplies needed for “a birthday party in a bag” Start with a fun, colorful gift bag. Fill it with a package or two of birthday plates, beverage cups, balloons, candles, cake mix /frosting, streamers or banners, goodie bags (and maybe some fun treats or toys to fill those with). Help a family celebrate their child’s birthday!
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Give each year, or each month – we are always so grateful for individual donors !
Do you live in Arizona? The state offers a benefit to donating to a Qualifying Charitable Tax Organization. The AZ Department of Revenue allows you to donate to a Qualifying Charity and they’ll credit or refund the entire amount on your taxes, (up to $400 per individual / $800 per married filing joint return). This means you can make a generous donation, and the state of Arizona pays you back.
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In addition to “usual” monetary contributions, you help us out if you shop on Amazon Smile, smile.amazon.com and select The Singletons / Singleton Moms as the charity you want Amazon to donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases (which is most items). You use your same log in for www.smile.amazon.com
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Facebook fundraising from your personal page is quick and easy. If you have a reason to ask others for financial support on behalf of Singletons / Singleton Moms, then Facebook is an easy way to spread the word and help raise funds.
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Bring your friends, family and co-workers to our fundraising events – we promise a great time!
Start Planning Your Tax Credits Now!
It’s official! The Singletons is now listed as a Qualifying Charitable Organization with the state of Arizona!! This means AZ residents can make a donation to The Singletons and get it back from the AZ Dept. of Revenue (up to $400/ individuals or $800 if filing jointly on AZ tax return).
You can help support single parent families with cancer, and it may cost you nothing, thanks to the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.
How does it work:
- You make a donation to The Singletons of any amount (up to $400 if filing singly or $800 if filing jointly for your Arizona taxes).
- When you file your Arizona taxes, you can claim a dollar-for-dollar Arizona Charitable tax Credit
- Simply complete AZ Form 321 and include it when you file your Arizona taxes.
(https://azdor.gov/tax-credits/contributions-qcos-and-qfcos for form / more info)
- Your AZ tax form shows that you either reduce your tax liability by the donated amount – or increase your refund! (up to $400 if filing singly or $800 if filing jointly)
What if I already take the school tax credits:
This tax credit is allowed in addition to the education and foster care credit, you can contribute to all three!
Do I have to itemize my taxes to claim the tax credit:
No. You can fill out the short form (AZ Form 321) and still claim the credit.
When do I need to make my gift to The Singletons, to qualify for this tax year:
You must make your donation on or before April 15, 2019 – to be applied to the 2018 tax year.
How can I make my donation
You can donate online using our one time donation form. Or mail your check to The Singletons, 2501 W Behrend Dr., Suite 1. Phoenix, AZ 85027. We will mail you a donation receipt for your records.
If you have any questions, please call us at 480-818-5285.
Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/websterwfarms
The Phoenix Shanti Group generously donated & delivered a refrigerator to Singleton Moms! Check out their thrift shop, 2nd Chances in Phoenix for treasures like this and more. Thank you Shanti!
You can visit their website www.shantiaz.org.