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12/12/2013 1:34:00 PM
Letter: This Year, Help a Senior in Need


Please consider the hungry elders in our community when making the decision as to where your tax dollars can help the most! According to the National Council on Aging, millions of persons aged over 60 must choose between buying food or medicine and paying for heat. The Verde Valley Senior Center served over 58,000 meals in the last year via their Meals-on-Wheels and community dining programs and has served thousands of residents throughout the Verde Valley for over 34 years. The Senior Center is a conduit, a lifeline, offering nutrition programs, transportation services and social activities to hundreds of senior citizens on a daily basis.

By donating up to $200 per person or $400 per married couple to the Verde Valley Senior Center before year end, Dec. 31, 2013, you may be eligible for the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit and reduce your state tax liability with a dollar-for-dollar reduction. You can help the Senior Center sustain its mission to provide wholesome, nutritious meals, transportation and other valuable services to the community's elders and be rewarded. Every dollar you contribute is a dollar less you owe in taxes.

Even if you have already donated to the School Tax Credit program, the Arizona State Charitable Tax Credit is available to you nonetheless, because the Working Poor Tax Credit is different from the School Tax Credit.

The Verde Valley Senior Center is a qualified 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation and gifts are tax deductible as provided by law. We are a qualified charitable organization for the Arizona Working Poor tax credit. Starting with the 2013 tax year, taxpayers do not have to itemize deductions to claim a credit for contributions to a Qualifying Charitable Organization. For advice on how to file and benefit from your donations, go to the Arizona Department of Revenue website at www.azdor.gov/brochure/710.pdf, call Taxpayer Assistance, (602) 255-3381 or (800) 352-4090 or contact a qualified tax advisor.

To make your donation, please:

• Mail your check to: Verde Valley Senior Center, P.O. Box 681, Cottonwood, AZ. 86326

• Drop off your donation at: Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood or

• Donations may be made online via PayPal credit card services at verdevalleyseniorcenter.org.

Your investment in helping us "stamp out hunger" amongst those who taught us values and left us a legacy is desperately needed. Remember, anyone paying Arizona state income taxes may be eligible for this reward as long as the donation is made prior to midnight, Dec. 31, 2013.

Elaine Bremner

Executive Director

Verde Valley Senior Center

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