“Feed The Platypus!”
If you are an Arizona resident who pays AZ state income tax you have the opportunity again this year to financially support a local school of your choice and receive a tax credit for your donation. We Platypi (sorry we look so grumpy) at Paulo Freire Freedom School – University would like you to consider making your tax credit donation to us this year. PFFS-U uses your tax credit contribution to support innovative programming like Fall and Spring Intersessions, Friday Expeditions, AfterSchool, and more. We are able to offer these fee-based educative experiences to every student regardless of ability to pay because of your Tax Credit contributions. And your contribution to PFFS-U in 2016 does not cost you a dime. You will get back your entire 2016 Tax Credit contribution (up to $200 for individuals and $400 for couples filing jointly) when you file your 2016 AZ tax return.
Print and mail with your contribution or use then ‘Donate’ link to make your donation online.
Tax Credit Basics
Arizona law allows taxpayers to contribute to schools ($200 for an individual and $400 for married couples) and receive a tax credit for the donation. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the taxes one owes to the state. If, for example, a family owes $300 in taxes to the Arizona Department of Revenue and they make a $250 tax credit contribution to PFFS before midnight, December 31, the family’s tax bill decreases to $50. All Arizona taxpayers are able to take advantage of the school tax credit option, whether or not they have children in the school system.
Funding Extracurricular Activities
As a public charter school, PFFS can use tax credit funds to support extracurricular activities. The state defines extracurricular as any educational or recreational activities that supplement the educational program of the school and require a fee to participate. As you know, we offer all field opportunities (field trips, Intersession and Friday Expeditions) to all students regardless of their ability to pay. Tax Credit revenue allows us to keep offering these amazing experiences that are such a critical part of our educational program. Tax credit donations also support our AfterSchool program.
Supporting Character Education and Service Learning
Tax credit funds can also be used for character education programs. Our service learning program (offered through Friday Expeditions and Advisories) builds character and fosters civic engagement. The state of Arizona defines character education as instruction that incorporates traits such as responsibility, diligence, respect, trustworthiness, and virtue; our service learning program aligns with this definition. With tax credit donations, students participate in more field trips increasing students’ opportunities for learning outside the school walls and ensure that their projects have a greater impact on the community.
Our students (Go Platypi!) get involved in the campaign through their Advisories. When an adult makes a contribution to PFFS-University as a Tax Credit contribution they can designate that their contribution be attributed to a particular student’s Advisory. Advisories get awards/prizes for both the number of contributions collected in the Advisory’s name and the amount of money collected in the name of their Advisory. There will also be school-wide prizes awarded at each school for the total amount collected. Thank you for supporting Paulo Freire Freedom School! We so appreciate your assistance! “Feed The Platypus Today!”