Support Homeless Youth and Families with Arizona’s Working Poor Tax Credit

October 13th, 2011

Dear Friends,

Thousands of Arizona teens will be homeless this holiday season.  Budget cuts have continued to tear holes in support systems like Open Inn, that provide outreach, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services for homeless and at-risk children, youth and families throughout the state.  So now, as 2011 comes to an end, we’re asking you to help us repair the gaps caused by government budget cuts and build a strong safety net for Arizona’s most at-risk children, youth and families.

You can do this by making a one-time tax credit contribution to Open Inn before December 31.  As you give, so shall you receive. Up to $400 in tax credits.

When you donate to Open Inn, the ARIZONA CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT allows you to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit if you itemize your deductions on your Arizona state income tax return and make a qualifying contribution before December 31, 2011. You can receive a tax credit of up to $400 when filing a joint tax return, or up to $200 when filing a single tax return. Besides the tax credit, you’ll receive the added satisfaction of knowing your money will be used in your own community and will help your neighbors escape dangerous situations of homelessness and suffering.

It costs you nothing to donate to the good work of Open Inn this holiday season! A tax credit reduces your final tax liability. It comes right off the top of your state tax bill, reducing the amount of money you will pay. So although your charitable contributions increase, your tax liability is decreased by the same amount—up to $400.

There is a simple form (AZ Form 321) that you must complete and include with your state tax filing in order to receive that tax credit. This form is available online at

The ARIZONA CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT does not affect the tax credit available for private school tuition and public school extra-curricular activities.

Ready to take advantage of the ARIZONA CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT and make a donation today?

Make your check payable to Open Inn Children, Youth & Family Services and mail it to the address below (must be postmarked by December 31, 2011 to be eligible for the tax credit filing):

Open Inn Children, Youth & Family Services

PO Box 5766

Tucson, AZ 85703

You can also call (520) 670-9040 to make a contribution over the phone.

Need more information?  
Information can be found on the Arizona Department of Revenue website at or by calling Tax Payer Assistance at (602) 255-3381 or (800) 352-4090. You can also call (520) 670-9040 or contact by email at

Important Note: Open Inn does not offer legal or tax advice. Always check with a qualified and licensed professional regarding all matters related to tax or legal issues.