It’s Good to Give AND to Receive
This is especially true for Ohio residents who donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) that awards tuition assistance to eligible students with financial-based needs. In return for their donations, donors may get a dollar-for-dollar non-refundable tax credit on their state income tax returns. It’s an opportunity for donors to assist students in need while benefitting themselves.
There is a limit
The maximum donation that qualifies for the tax credit is $750 for an individual. It’s up to $1500 if married and filing jointly. Your tax credit can’t exceed your Ohio tax liability. If you donate $750 and owe the state $500, you won’t be getting a refund. The difference though, can be claimed as charitable giving on the federal tax return.
It’s a Win for Schools
SGO donations provide academic scholarships to students in K through 12, low-income students are prioritized. If you wish to designate your dollars toward one particular school within an SGO organization, you can. If you are looking to take advantage of this credit in 2023, a list of Ohio state-certified SGOs can be found here.1
As of December 2022, there are at least 21 states, including neighboring Indiana, that offer some form of SGO program, which support needs-based students while granting residing donors state income tax relief.
Consult your tax advisor to determine eligibility and explain the details of your intended gift. It can be made anonymously if you prefer. Once made, a gift acknowledgement letter is sent to you. Use that documentation to claim your tax credit when you file your return.
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