Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 #49 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.

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.
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.
Any Arizona taxpayer, single or married, with an Arizona tax liability.
Financially qualified students who have demonstrated need are the recipients of the tax credit scholarships through Catholic Education Arizona.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

Yes! Follow 3 easy steps:

  1. Find out how much you can contribute by reviewing your tax liability from last year
  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
Yes. As long as you have enough of a state tax liability, you can “stack” tax credits.

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.

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

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”.

You may direct 100% of your corporate state tax liability to CEA on behalf of our schools. Corporate contributions to School tuition Organizations (STO’s) such as CEA, range from the $5,000 minimum for S-Corps to $15mm or more.

CEA is one of the few STO’s that use an outside firm to vet all tuition scholarship applications we receive. This firm, FAIR, out of St. Paul, MN, reviews and qualifies each application CEA submits in accordance with the poverty guidelines and notifies CEA of all students eligible for scholarship funding.

By law, corporate tax credit funds are dedicated exclusively to the tuition needs of children living within the poverty guidelines as determined by state and federal standards.

We graciously request that commitments be made as soon as possible but no later than June 28th, 2019; keeping in mind that payment is not due until the latter part of July.

Each year, the State of Arizona limits the total amount of corporate state tax funding that can be used for distribution to private schools. The annual statewide cap for FY20 (2019 Corporate Taxes), cap is now $106,993,207. Corporate tax credit applications are accepted by ADOR until the statewide $106,993,207 tax credit maximum is met.