Opinion: Extend tax credits to college and career test fees

| February 4, 2015

January 31, 2015 • Arizona Daily Star

Arizona lawmakers are considering two bills that would expand the scope and limits of public school state tax credits. One would benefit low-income high school students and should be supported, while the other is well-intentioned but could reduce the amount of already inadequate money available to K-12 education.

Arizona offers dollar-for-dollar tax credits for donations to public schools. Currently, the money can be used only for science lab materials, extracurricular activities like band or athletics, or character education.

A bill, HB2232, would increase the tax credit donation Arizonans could make to a public school, taking it from $200 to $500 per year for a single taxpayer, and from $400 to $1,000 for married couples filing jointly. The change would make the public school tax credit more in line with the tax credit Arizona allows for donations to private school tuition organizations.

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