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Schuster: Arizona's Charitable Tax Credit is easy, painless way to help those in need

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Bob Schuster is a retired journalist and volunteer publicist for Mesa United Way.

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 7:30 am | Updated: 10:35 am, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

With so many people struggling during these tough economic times, charitable organizations like Mesa United Way face an enormous funding challenge. Needs are greater than ever, yet many of our donors have had to cut back on their contributions.

So how can we meet that challenge?

The answer lies in helping people understand and utilize the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Simply put, you can make a donation today and get that amount — up to $200 per individual or $400 for a couple — refunded to you when you file your state tax return.

The tax credit was created by the state Legislature several years ago to encourage citizens to support reputable charities that help employed individuals and families in need. Charities must meet certain conditions in order to qualify for the tax-credit donations.

A tax-credit donation to Mesa United Way is directed to our partner agencies that meet the state's conditions.

The quickest and easiest way to make a tax-credit donation is to go to our website, www.mesaunitedway.org, click on the Donate button in the upper right corner, and then select "Joint" or "Single" Charitable Tax Credit under Donation Information. Complete the form and make your donation.

If you're participating in a Mesa United Way pledge campaign in your workplace, the form allows you to specify a tax-credit donation.

You'll receive a receipt to file with your itemized state tax return, and the amount of your donation will be refunded to you.

It's that simple. It's a painless and easy way to help those in severe need even if your own household budget is feeling the pinch.

Bob Schuster is a retired journalist and volunteer publicist for Mesa United Way.

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