Empowering Youth Campaign/Arizona Charitable Tax Credit

The Empowering Youth Campaign engages community partners to invest in homeless youth and empower their future.  Through strategic collaborations, HYC offers a growing number of support programs and resources including basic necessities, case management, housing, life skills, mentoring, counseling, tutoring and much more.  Thanks to community support we can help ensure our students have the support they need to stay in school and complete their education.  You can help support this campaign through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit program.

By giving up to $800 (married couples filing jointly) or $400 (Individuals) by December 31st to Homeless Youth Connection you may be eligible to claim the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit on your state taxes. No itemizing is necessary to take advantage of this tax credit!

This means you can reduce the amount you owe or increase your refund by the amount you give to HYC now. To give now through our secure donation website click here.

To mail your contribution please mail your check (made payable to Homeless Youth Connection) by December 31st to:

Homeless Youth Connection
9950 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 114
Avondale, AZ 85323

Read the Frequently Asked Questions below or call us at 623-374-3747 if you need more information. Thank you for supporting Homeless Youth Connection!

Arizona Charitable Tax Credit F.A.Q.:

What is the Charitable Tax Credit?

You may claim a tax credit for voluntary cash contributions you make during any taxable year to a Qualifying Charitable Organization like HYC.

How do I qualify for Charitable Tax Credits?

Homeless Youth Connection qualifies as a charitable organization. Click here to see the Arizona State Tax Credit Form and Instructions.  The credit is available only to individuals. You report the name of the Qualifying Charitable Organization you donated to as well as the dollar amount of your donation to the Department of Revenue on Form 321. You may only claim a tax credit for your charitable contribution on your Arizona state return if the organization you donated to is considered a Qualifying Charitable Organization. A complete listing of Qualifying Charitable Organizations is published on the Department of Revenue’s website. Donations made to organizations not listed on the department’s published website are typically allowable as deductions. You cannot claim both a deduction and a credit for the same charitable contribution on your Arizona return.

What is the difference between a tax credit and a tax deduction?

A tax credit is significantly more beneficial than a tax deduction. A tax credit reduces your taxes, dollar-for-dollar. A tax deduction reduces the taxable income upon which your tax liability is calculated.

Do I have to itemize deductions to claim the credit for contributions to the Qualifying Charitable Organizations?

No.  Starting with the 2013 tax year, you do not have to itemize deductions to claim a credit for contributions to a qualifying charitable organization.  For 2012 and prior, you were required to itemize deductions on your Arizona return in order to claim a credit for contributions to a qualifying charitable organization.

How do I know HYC qualifies for the credit under this program?

Qualifying organizations are required to send the Department of Revenue a self-certification letter stating that they meet all qualifying criteria. The Department in turn publishes a list of self-certified organizations. You can request a list from Department of Revenue in Phoenix at 602.255.3381 or by downloading the List of Qualifying Charitable Organizations for 2017.

Can I take the Working Poor Tax Credit if I take the School Tax Credit?

Yes, they are separate credits and you are allowed to take advantage of both.

Does the tax credit also apply to my federal income tax returns?

No. The Charitable Tax Credit applies only on your Arizona State income tax. However, you may be able to claim a federal tax deduction for the amount donated.

Where can I get more information about the tax credit?

You can get more information by visiting the Arizona Department of Revenue website or by calling Taxpayer Assistance at 602.255.3381 or 800.352.4090.

*Please note that Homeless Youth Connection is not a tax advisor. Please contact a qualified tax advisor for advice on your personal tax situation.