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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2019-06-17T17:42:39+00:00
What exactly is the Arizona Private Education tax credit?2018-04-23T19:10:28+00:00

Arizona law (ARS 43-1089) allows you, as a tax payer, to direct your Arizona state tax liability to School Tuition Organizations such as Catholic Education Arizona. This is a dollar for dollar tax credit against what you owe the state of Arizona. The funds are used exclusively for the cost of tuition at private schools which include our Diocesan Catholic schools.

How do I know if I pay state income taxes?2018-04-25T00:21:30+00:00

Everyone pays state income taxes unless you are taking a loss or don’t have earned income. Even if you receive a state tax refund, you have paid state income taxes. Take a look at your last year’s tax return to determine how much you pay in state income taxes. Check line #48 on tax form 140 or line #60 on tax form 140PY. The amounts found on these lines is your tax liability from last year. Checking last year’s tax liability, will give you an idea as what you can direct to Catholic Education Arizona this year, up to the maximum tax credit amount allowed by law.

How much can I give?2019-06-18T16:17:02+00:00

You can redirect any portion of your state tax liability (the amount that the state collects from you also referred to as income taxes) up to these maximum amounts:

For 2019 (through 4/15/20) 

— $1,135 for single filers,

— $2,269 for married couples, filing jointly.

I want to take advantage of the tax credit but need to make monthly contributions. Is that possible?2019-06-17T17:40:22+00:00

Of course! You can contact the CEA office directly at 602.218.6542 to schedule monthly contributions if that best suits your family’s budget.  Or you can schedule monthly contributions online.

Who can contribute?2018-04-23T19:10:28+00:00

Any Arizona taxpayer, single or married, with an Arizona tax liability.

Who gets the contribution?2018-04-23T19:10:28+00:00

Financially qualified students, who have demonstrated need, are the recipients of the tax credit scholarships through Catholic Education Arizona.

May I contribute online?2018-04-26T01:49:36+00:00

Yes. You can contribute online in just minutes.  Make your contribution on this website, using the Contributor Portal or First Time Contributor options.  You will be able to review and manage your entire contribution history if you choose to use the contributor portal.   Once your contribution is confirmed, a tax receipt will be promptly emailed to you.  Or you can print a tax receipt from your contributor portal once the contribution is confirmed.

May I designate my payment to a specific student?2018-04-26T01:50:36+00:00

As a 501(c)(3) organization, Catholic Education Arizona does not accept tax contributions designated for specific students. However, you may direct your tax credit contribution to one of our Catholic schools or multiple Catholic schools.

Is Catholic Education Arizona part of the Diocese of Phoenix?2018-04-26T01:52:14+00:00

Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) is a separate 501c3 not for profit “School Tuition Organization”. It operates separately from the Diocese of Phoenix. CEA supports 38 Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Phoenix and including Boys Hope Girls Hope of Phoenix.

How does Catholic Education Arizona distribute the contributions collected?2018-04-25T00:25:10+00:00

All students enrolling in one of the 38 diocesan schools (K-12) each year, is welcome to complete a scholarship application form. The primary criteria for awarding scholarships is financial need.

Catholic Education Arizona strives to assist as many financially qualified students as possible every year by increasing tax credit contributions for our schools. Catholic Education Arizona strives to assist as many financially qualified students as possible every year. Upon confirmation that a student/family is approved for tuition funding, the funds are sent by CEA directly to the school the student attends.

Is the amount I claim a tax deduction?2018-04-26T01:54:29+00:00

The amount you direct to CEA, is a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit. This is different from a tax deduction. Tax deductions reduce your taxable income. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar credit against the taxes you have paid to the state of Arizona. The funds are being directed to CEA rather than to the state.

Is this easy to do? It sounds confusing.2018-04-23T19:10:28+00:00

Yes! Follow 3 easy steps:

  1. Find out how much you can contribute by reviewing your tax liability from last year (please visit the “How does it work” page on this website)
  2. Make your contribution by completing a contribution form found on this website, or contribute online or call CEA at 602.218.6542
  3. Claim your tax credit with the tax credit receipt you will receive from CEA
Can I participate in multiple tax credits (private school, public school, working poor)?2018-04-23T19:10:28+00:00

Yes. As long as you have enough of a state tax liability, you can “stack” tax credits.

Where do I indicate what school(s) I’d like to receive my contribution?2018-04-26T01:55:30+00:00

You can indicate the school(s) you wish to support on the second page of the online contribution form. If you mail in your contribution, there is a section to list the school(s) of your choice on your contribution form.

Why are the maximum amounts listed on your website different than what I see on the ADOR website?2019-05-07T17:53:19+00:00

The tax credit contribution limits for 2019 are a combination of two separate private school tax credits. The original tax credit opportunity (tax form 323) began 1998. It was expanded in 2012 (tax form 348). Rather than combining the two tax credits into one, they were kept separate with different tax credit limits. It is necessary to direct the maximum amount on tax form 323 before taking advantage of tax form 348.

Where do I get the tax forms to submit my tax credit when I file my taxes?2018-04-23T19:10:29+00:00

Both tax forms 323 and 348 are available for downloading on this website.

Download form 323

Download form 348

Does Catholic Education Arizona submit my contribution information to the state of Arizona or the IRS?2018-04-26T02:14:59+00:00

Catholic Education Arizona does not submit your contribution information to the state of Arizona or the IRS. Each contributor files tax forms 323 and 348. Submit these forms together with the tax receipt you receive from CEA to your tax preparer or Turbo Tax. Your receipt confirms your tax credit contribution to CEA. We call this “taking the credit”.