New 2018 Illinois Income Tax Credit: Invest in Kids Credit

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Recent Illinois Law enacted a program called Invest In Kids, allowing Businesses and Individuals the opportunity to contribute and get a Tax Credit, starting with tax year 2018.

The Illinois Invest in Kids scholarship program is dedicated to ensuring every child in elementary and secondary school has access to the school of their choice. Invest in Kids allows economically disadvantaged parents the opportunity to choose the school they feel best meets the educational needs of their child.

Invest in Kids offers a 75 percent income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to a qualified Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). The SGO then provides scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified non-public schools.

Registration for the certificates for contributions will begin on 1/2/2018 through MyTaxIllinois website. First Come Basis – So if interested, register and apply as soon as possible to take advantage of the tax credit!

Website to register or Login to your MyTaxAccount:

Here are some additional facts for those who might be interested in contributing to the program:

Income Tax Credits

Invest in Kids offers approved Illinois individual and business taxpayers income tax credits in the amount of 75 percent of their total qualified contributions made to one or more Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) during a taxable year. Credits cannot exceed $1 million per taxpayer, per year.

The Department can issue up to $75 million in tax credits per calendar year which are distributed geographically throughout the five regions. Income tax credits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and approval is granted as long as the regional and statewide thresholds have not been met.

You must request approval to make a contribution and receive the income tax credit prior to making your contribution. Applications for the 2018 tax year will be available starting January 2, 2018 and must be requested online through MyTax Illinois.

Contribution Authorization Certificates

Once your application has been submitted, and the Department confirms that credits are available, the Department will issue you a Contribution Authorization Certificate (CAC). The CAC will be issued electronically to your MyTax Illinois account within three business days of approval of your application.

You must make your contribution to the Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) within 60 days after issuance of the CAC.You must provide a copy of the CAC to the SGO. Within 30 days of receiving your contribution, the SGO will issue you a Certificate of Receipt (COR) through your MyTax Illinois account.

Claiming Your Income Tax Credit

Approved credits may be claimed beginning with the filing of your 2018 income tax return. You cannot take a tax credit under this Act if you claimed any portion of this contribution as a federal income tax deduction.

Individuals who are married and filing a joint return are considered one taxpayer for purposes of making qualified contributions.

If you don’t use all of your income tax credit, you cannot receive a refund. However, any credit amount that exceeds your tax liability for the year may be carried forward and applied to your tax liability in the subsequent five taxable years. Credits carried forward do not require additional approval. Credits are applied to the earliest year for which there is a tax liability. Credits cannot be carried back to a prior tax year.

If you have any questions, contact your Porte Brown accountant at 847-956-1040.

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