From our guest blogger, Michelle!
It is hard to believe this crazy year is almost over! It’s definitely been the most challenging couple of years of our lives but we feel we are in the process of seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel, catching our breath and adjusting to lots of new normal. In all that our family has faced, the things that have gotten us through is leaning into God and trusting Him with it all as well as all of you! Our friends and family have supported us in so many ways we cannot even begin to express our gratitude.
Many of you continue to ask what you can do to help. The greatest gift we continue to ask for is prayer and all the words of compassion you have shared. However, we actually do have a way for all of you who live in Arizona to help, that won’t cost you a thing!
As you may know, after much prayer and tax credit scholarships, Alex started up at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy last Fall and we truly could not be happier. It has been such a blessing and we feel like he is finally, after 8 years of schooling, finding his place. He likes it so much, in fact, that his sister now wants to attend! So, after much more prayer and applying for scholarships, Samantha will be starting at Pusch Ridge in January. We are so grateful to God for opening up this door for our kids and we are excited to see what He has for them.
The ONLY reason (and we mean that very, very literally) they are both able to attend is through the Arizona tax credit. If you are already designating your tax funds to a student, thank you! We love how people support in this way to every student. However, if you are giving to only the original tax credit and not the PLUS, you can designate even more funds! Below is an explanation of how the tax credit works. It literally has made a HUGE impact on so many families and you can bless us with it costing you nothing in the end.
Here is a very brief summary…
What’s a tax credit? A donation that reduces what you owe in Arizona state taxes up to $2,134 (filing married) or $1,067 (filing single) for 2015.
You can recommend Samantha and Alex directly when you make a private school tax credit donation!
– This “donation” is a re-direction of tax dollars owed. You can either pay the state, or use the money to benefit private school students like ours.
– Ninety percent or more of your donation goes directly to tuition scholarships.
– You may also take a federal deduction for the calendar year
in which your tax-credit donation is made.
So, this is where we are asking you both to partner with us in designating your Arizona taxes to scholarship Samantha and Alex at Pusch Ridge. You may already know that Arizona residents can provide scholarships to students enrolled in private schools while receiving a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against their state income tax liability. Since you would otherwise owe this money to the state, making a tax credit donation will cost you nothing extra in the end. These donations can be made for a specific school and student through certified organizations such as Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization (ACSTO). We are happy to get info in your hands, but here is the website too:
And, feel free to ask me questions too and definitely pass this by your tax accountant who should be very familiar with this. As a married couple you can designate up to $2,134 to go directly to Samantha and Alex at Pusch Ridge for their tuition. (For 2015 the original tax credit is $1,070 and Overflow/PLUS is $1064 – the Overflow is because they have been to public school in the past). If you are already doing this for someone but aren’t doing the Overflow/Plus, you can do that just for our kids and the regular for someone else. This can be divided up and also the full amount does not have to be given. And, don’t feel like if you do this you are obligated every year…We are taking this one school year at a time.
If anyone does decide to do this, we would be so incredibly blessed and grateful. You can mail it in or do it directly online. Just pay the amount to ACSTO, then claim it on your taxes and then get it back. You can also do this all the way until April 15th and even on the day you submit your taxes, whichever comes first. If you do this on the day you file your taxes, by the time you get your refund you can pay the credit card bill for the ACSTO charge. Also, this is separate from the public school tax credit so you can do both, as long as you do not exceed your state tax liability.
The most important thing to remember when you do this is to specify Samantha Fleming AND Alex Fleming along with Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in the space provided. If you don’t specify, it will just go in the general fund.
We want you all to pray about this and we don’t want you to do this if you don’t feel comfortable. We know this is where God wants them and He will provide in whatever ways we need through the partnership with others.
Also, this is anonymous so unless you tell us we won’t ever know who did and did not give so you don’t owe us a bit of explanation either way. If you do decide to give and want to tell us, we would love to know so we can thank you guys.
I cannot thank you enough for considering this. Having Alex at Pusch Ridge these past few months has literally changed him in ways that bring me to joy-filled tears and Samantha is SO excited to start. God is good…all the time.
Michelle and Mark