Northwest Valley Connect has received its certification as a “qualifying charitable organization” from the Arizona Department of Revenue that enables it to receive tax credit donations from its donors and supporters.
Under recently passed Senate Bill 1216, individuals may claim a tax credit of $400, couples, one of $800, for donations to qualifying charities like Northwest Valley Connect. That’s a dollar-to-dollar credit on state income taxes. For those that itemize their deductions, they can also take the customary charitable deduction against their federal tax liability.
“It’s hard for some people, especially those moving here from other states, to get their arms around this generous tax benefit,” says a local CPA. “I try to explain it to them but they have trouble believing it.”
“This is a huge advantage for us,” said Kathryn Chandler, Executive Director of Northwest Valley Connect. “This should be a real incentive for those ready to support us and may even increase the amount of their donation now that we’re a qualifying charity.”
Northwest Valley Connect is a 501( c )(3) nonprofit soon to complete its third year of operation. It provides the “gift of mobility” to homebound seniors and those with limiting disabilities who no longer drive. NVC operates a Call Center to “connect” its clients to the most appropriate transportation provider for that particular caller. In some cases, NVC enlists its own volunteer drivers to do the transporting. Trip destinations include doctors’ offices, grocery stores and various venues offering social activities to seniors.