Valley YMCA Cares 2016
Valley Cares Donation Steps

Valley Cares LogoMake a gift to the Y’s working poor initiative, Valley YMCA Cares, and get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit—up to $800 for married couples, or up to $400 for singles—against what you owe in state taxes. If you owe less than your donation in state income tax, unused credits may be carried forward for up to five years. This is a great way to help deserving people in your community at no extra cost to you. You no longer have to itemize to take the credit, and you can take it in addition to the foster care and school credits!

How A Tax Credit Works

A tax credit is not a tax deduction…it’s better! A tax deduction simply lowers the amount of income that your tax is based on. But a tax credit directly reduces the amount of tax you owe. It gives you a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability. A tax credit of $800, for instance, lowers your tax bill by $800.

How Your Donation Will Be Used

Donations to Valley YMCA Cares will provide educational programs, childcare and other badly needed services for the working poor…people who still struggle to make ends meet. And, if you choose to, you can earmark your gift to your local Y community.

Supported programs and services include:

  • Free Medical and Dental Clinic
  • Community Initiatives Programs for youth of working poor families (such as Reach & Rise Mentoring and Y Achievers Workforce Development Programs)
  • Residential tenants (at the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA)
  • Special Needs Youth & Adult Programs
  • Child care and preschool for low income families
  • Membership in economically disadvantaged areas
  • Membership subsidies for the working poor
  • Seniors outreach programs
  • Seniors wellness programs
  • Equipment maintenance and operations in economically disadvantaged areas
  • Branch maintenance and operations in economically disadvantaged areas

How to Take Advantage of the Tax Credit

  1. Make a donation to the Y’s working poor initiative, Valley YMCA Cares. We’ll provide you with a receipt for your taxes. Call us at (602) 212-5114 to donate over the phone, click on , or download the donation form and either drop it off or mail it to the YMCA.
  2. File your state income taxes and claim the amount of your donation (up to $800 for married couples, up to $400 for singles) using QCO Code 20708 on AZDOR Form 321. This form is available on the Arizona Department of Revenue's website, azdor.gov/
  3. Credit-eligible contributions to YMCA Valley Cares made on or before April 15th may be applied to either the current or the preceding tax year (and will be considered to have been made on the last day of that taxable year).
  4. This credit is separate from, and in addition to, school and foster care credits.

For more information about the Valley YMCA Cares initiative for the working poor, please contact bhaugen@vosymca.org.

For more information about the Valley of the Sun YMCA, please visit www.valleyymca.org.

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