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If you would like to make a corporate contribution choose this link to complete the form (please complete both forms and fax (1-888-256-1130) or email it  to 
Or if you would like a pdf version to download of the following, "Arizona's Corporations Helping Arizona's Children, choose this link:


Arizona’s Corporate Tax Credits for Private Schools




Corporate Cap

$106,993,207 (Fiscal Year 2019-2020)

Displaced/Disabled Cap

$5,000,000 (Fiscal Year 2019-2020)


History of the Corporate Tax Credit


In 2006 and then in 2008, the Arizona State Legislature passed into law the Corporate Income Tax Credit and then

the Displaced/Disabled Corporate Income Tax Credit, which allows a corporation to make a contribution to a qualified STO (School Tuition Organization) and receive a dollar for dollar tax credit up to the total amount of the tax liability. There is

no minimum amount a corporation can re-direct, but the law was capped at $10 million for the fiscal year 2006-2007 with

an increase of 20% each year for the Corporate credit (current cap $74,300,838-fiscal year 2017-2018) and capped at $5,000,000 for the Displaced/Disabled credit with no inflator.


Through 2009, since the inception of the program (from DOR reports) over $42 million has been donated and nearly 9,000 children have benefited from those donations.


Each STO is required to use no less than 90% of the corporate contributions to students whose family income does not exceed 185% of the income limit to qualify for a free or reduced lunch program. (See additional chart for specific income levels.)


When the program began in 2006, scholarships could not exceed $4,200 for grades K-8 and $5,500 for grades 9-12 and would increases those limitations by $100 each year thereafter. (Currently, in the 2017-2018 fiscal year the limits are $5,300 for grades K-8 and $6,600 for grades 9-12.)


Questions Your Corporation May Have:

       Who can contribute to this tax credit?


·         Corporations that pay Arizona state income tax or Arizona premium tax

·         "C" Corporations

·         "S" Corporations that file taxes on a 120 Corporate Income Tax Return

·        Insurance companies who pay a premium tax to Arizona     

How does a corporation enroll in this program?


·         Contact TOPS for Kids at (480) 414-8677 or

·         Complete and submit the Corporate Donor Submission Form


Who will benefit from the donation?


·         Disadvantaged children in an unsuccessful public school that fails to meet their needs

·         Displaced children in Arizona’s foster care program who need a school best suited for them

·         Children with learning disabilities that need a special school to help them function at their fullest capacity


Your corporation benefits too!


·         Your customers appreciate a company that leads by example

·         Your employees appreciate a company that aids their children

·         Your support will help grow the next generation of competent leaders

·         We all win when children win!


How much can a corporation give?


·         Up to the corporation’s total tax liability for the current year

·         Total donations can’t exceed the cap at the time of the submission of the approval form (the current cap is $74,300,838--Corporate Low-Income and $5,000,000--Displaced/Disabled)

Corporate Donation Procedures
       1. Determine:


·         The corporation’s tax liability for the current year.

·         How much to donate.

·         When you want to donate and how (quarterly vs. one lump sum).

·         If you would like your funds to go to needy students in a particular school or group of schools. (Please note: final determination of scholarships are at the discretion of the TOPS for Kids board.)


2. Complete and submit the Corporate Donor Submission Form to TOPS for Kids.


3. TOPS for Kids will request approval from the Department of Revenue.


4. The Department of Revenue will respond within 20 days with its determination of the corporation’s standing in Arizona, and if the fiscal cap has been met or not. The current cap for contributions for the Corporate Tax Credit is $74,3000,838 and $5,000,000 for the Displaced/ Disabled Tax Credit.


5. When TOPS for Kids receives the approval letter from the Department of Revenue, it will be forwarded to the corporation, and you will have 10 days to get the designated funds to TOPS for Kids.


6. Once the contribution has been completed, the corporation will receive a tax receipt from TOPS for Kids to use when completing your Arizona state taxes.


A Corporate Low-Income Scholarship Recipient must...
Student’s family income cannot exceed 185% of the income required to qualify a child for reduced price lunches
AND student must meet ONE of the following:
• Student attended an Arizona public school as a full- time student for at least 90 days of the prior fiscal year or one full semester and then transferred from the public school to a private school; OR
• Is enrolling or currently enrolled in a private school kindergarten; OR
• Is enrolling or currently enrolled in a private preschool program for students with disabilities (preschool student must have an MET or IEP from an Arizona public school; a 504 does not meet the requirement); OR
• Is a dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders; OR
• Received a low-income corporate scholarship under one of the above criteria in a prior year and the child continued to attend a private school in subsequent years; OR
• Received an original individual scholarship or a switcher individual scholarship in a prior year and the child continued to attend a private school in subsequent years.
A Disabled/Displaced Corporate Scholarship Recipient must…        
meet ONE of the following prerequisites:

• Student has a MET or IEP from an Arizona public school (for preschool and K-12); OR
• Has a 504 plan from an Arizona public school (for K-12 only); OR
• Was placed at one time in the Arizona foster care system (for K-12 only and to be verified by the
Arizona Department of Economic Security).
A Qualified School means…
a preschool that offers services to students with disabilities, nongovernmental primary or secondary school that is located in Arizona and that does not discriminate based on race, color, disability, familial status or national origin. All teaching staff and personnel that have unsupervised contact with students are required to be fingerprinted. Qualified school does not include a charter school or any program operated by a charter school. This means that a private school program which operates in the same facilities as the charter school operates and a private school program that is administered by the same staff as employed by a charter school is not eligible for private school tuition organization scholarships.