Extracurricular Activity (ECA)
STATE TAX CREDIT
Did You Know...
A one day field trip for 50 students to the Phoenix Art Museum costs Red Mountain High School roughly $1000. With an enrollment of 3600 students, this unfortunate financial reality limits how many students can participate in these enriching activities.
Fortunately, with an ECA donation, you can help us provide opportunities like this for all of our students. Please consider making a donation to Red Mountain HS.
WHAT IS AN ECA DONATION?
Arizona law provides a tax credit for contributions to public schools to support extracurricular activities or character education. The state tax credit is available to ALL qualifying individual Arizona state taxpayers. Any individual who pays Arizona State income tax can donate; you do not need to live in the Mesa Public Schools boundaries.
A tax credit is different from a deduction, because you may subtract the whole contribution from your Arizona state tax bill. An individual may contribute as much as $200, and a couple filing jointly may contribute as much as $400 to a public school and receive the money back in the form of a tax credit.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
If you qualify for this state tax credit, you may write a check or use your credit card to make a contribution. When you file your Arizona state taxes, you then subtract the amount of your contribution from what you owe or add the amount to your refund.
- If you owe $800 in Arizona state taxes: Make a $400 contribution to a public school, and subtract $400 from your Arizona state taxes. Your tax bill will then be $400.
- If you are expecting an $800 refund on your Arizona state taxes: Make a $400 contribution to a Mesa Public School, and add $400 to your Arizona state tax refund. Your refund will be $1,200.