Corporate Tax Credit


The corporate tax credit was established in 2006 with the primary purpose of assisting students of families with low to moderate income switching from a public school to a private school. Corporate contributions can be accepted in accordance with the provisions of A.R.S. 43-1183. The corporate tax credits are available only to corporate taxpayers, corporate partners, exempt organizations subject to corporate income tax on unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), or S corporation individual shareholders.

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A partnership may pass the credit through only to its corporate partners, each of which may claim a pro rate share of the credit based on their ownership interest.

Exempt Organizations

An exempt organization may claim the credit only if it results from activities that generate UBTI.

S Corporations

Effective January 1, 2015 an S corporation may claim the credit against income Arizona is taking at the corporate level, or it may make an irrevocable election to pass the credit through to its individual shareholders.

  • To pass the credit through, the S corporation must make minimum contributions of $5,000
  • Each individual shareholder may claim only a pro rata share of the credit based on the individual's ownership interest in the S corporation.

Special Notes

  • Any pro rata shares that would be distributed to non-eligible partners (individual partners in a partnership), or estates or trusts (shareholders in an S corporation) is lost. Granter trusts are considered eligible. Pro rata shares of a credit distributed to shareholders that do not file an Arizona tax return will be lost.
  • The corporation may take the full state tax credit, but must check with it's accountant for the federal deduction amount. 
  • The donation must be mailed (postmarked) before the corporations year end. 
  • A corporation may not recommend a specific student, but it may recommend a qualified private school. 
  • The STO will review all qualified student applications and issue scholarship based on need and availability of funds.

Contribution Process

  1. Contact YES Fund (928)314-0033 to complete the application.
  2. YES Fund will submit the application to ADOR via email.
  3. ADOR has 20 days to approve and notify YES Fund regarding approval.
  4. YES Fund will notify the corporation of approval status, and the corporation will then have 20 days to submit the contribution to YES Fund for Kids.

Statutory Tax Credit allowance

2017/18 Corporate Sponsors