FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can give this money?

Any Arizona taxpayer filing an Arizona Tax Return can donate to the Foundation.

How much money can I donate to the Orme Primavera Schools Foundation?

Any single Arizona taxpayer filing an Arizona Tax Return can donate up to $546 per year for 2017. A married couple filing separately can each donate up to $546.00, and a married couple filing jointly can donate up to $1,092. This donation may also be applied as a tax deduction on your federal tax return for a charitable donation to a non-profit, 501 (c)(3), organization. GOOD NEWS: Effective January 1, 2012, The “Switcher/Plus” tax credit was signed into law allowing donors to claim an additional tax credit, OVER AND ABOVE, the original tax credit. This additional donation allows an additional $543 for single taxpayers and $1085 for married taxpayers filing jointly. Donors MUST first meet the $546 (single) or $1092 (married) Original Tax Credit maximum in order to claim the Switcher/Plus tax credit.

What if my tax obligation to the state is only $200.00, and I give $546.00 to the Foundation?

A taxpayer can carry over the excess contribution amount from year to year for five years until the taxes owed or the withheld amount equals the $546.00 donation.

Can I also donate to the public school in addition to the private school tax credit?

YES! A married couple filing jointly may contribute up to $400.00 to the public school of your choice that may be used for extra-curricular activities. You may also contribute up to $800.00 to a working poor charity in Arizona for a tax credit. These donations, along with the $2,177.00 for the private school tax credit, total $3,377.00 per year in possible tax credit donations!

What does “allocating at least 90% of its annual revenues to scholarships” mean?

The law requires that 90% of all revenues be paid out in scholarship awards. The other 10% may be used for operating and administrative expenses. Since Orme-Primavera Schools Foundation is a non-profit, no one receives any compensation for their work on the Board, but there are expenses incurred for bookkeeping, office supplies, brochures, stationary, and other business-related expenses. Orme Primavera will only use what is necessary and devote every dollar possible for educational scholarships.

How are the scholarships awarded?

The law says that the Foundation must consider financial need and must gather household income information for all of its scholarship recipients. Other factors that are considered include the number of people in the household, family circumstances such as divorce, medical considerations, and of course, merit. Awarding the scholarships is the responsibility of the Foundation; however, both Orme School and Primavera School can recommend students to the Foundation. “Switcher/Plus” Tax Credit donation revenues may only be allocated to students that meet certain qualifications under state law: those that are transferring from a public school to a qualified private school; those that are enrolled in an Arizona private Kindergarten; those who have previously received PLUD scholarships, and those who are dependents of a member of the Armed Forces stationed in Arizona.

Can a taxpayer direct his or her recommendation to the benefit of their dependent?

No. A taxpayer’s donation for the individual income tax credit cannot be directed to the benefit of the taxpayer’s dependent.

Can a donation have a student recommendation?

Orme Primavera does not accept student recommendations.

How can I give a donation?

Simply use our Secure Online Payment site and use your credit card OR download the donation form, fill it out, and send a check payable to the “Orme Primavera Schools Foundation.” Use the address on our web site. When a donation is received, the Foundation will send you a tax credit acknowledgment and thank you letter for you to use when filing your state tax return. The deadline of April 15 allows taxpayers to donate and elect to claim the credit in either the previous tax year or the current year in which the donation was made, much like an IRA.

More Questions?

Call Carol Darrow at Primavera School, 928-445-5382 or email at
Director@primaveraschool.org