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What is the State Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Illinois enacted the Invest in Kids Scholarship Tax Program in 2017. This program offers a 75 percent income tax CREDIT to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). This may be a significant benefit because it is a tax CREDIT rather than a deduction which is typical for charitable contributions. The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified, non-publics schools in Illinois.

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How To Donate

This legislation allows for individual benefactors to designate a donation to Bishop McNamara Catholic School. Benefactors may make a charitable contribution of any amount up to $1 million for scholarship programs and receive a state tax credit of 75%. The Diocese of Joliet has partnered with Empower Illinois as their designated Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGO).

Donation Example:

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*The tax credit is only applicable to Illinois State income tax and may not be taken as a deduction on your federal tax return.

Scholarship Applicants

Empower Illinois helps families choose the best education for their child, regardless of their ability to pay, by providing scholarships for thousands of Illinois students to attend private K-12 schools. Learn more about qualifications, application and awards here.


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Tax Credit Tutorial

Bishop McNamara's Region 3 is earmarked for tuition assistance for private schools.

State wide there are $54,346,280.00 of unclaimed tax credits still available!

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