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Tax Credit for Scholarship Donations (OCEN SGO)

USE YOUR TAXES TO HELP STUDENTS ATTEND MADISON CHRISTIAN!

When you donate to the Ohio Christian Education Network Scholarship Granting Organization (OCEN SGO) for MCS student scholarships, Ohio gives you a dollar-for-dollar credit toward what you owe in taxes (up to $750/person).

Donations given prior to filing your 2023 taxes on April 15, 2024 can be claimed for the 2023 tax year.

HOW IT WORKS (FAQs):

Your OCEN SGO donation can be claimed when you file your Ohio taxes. Gifts made through April 15th can be retroactively applied to the previous year's taxes. The credit is a dollar-to-dollar reduction in your state tax liability up to $750 per taxpayer. A married couple filing jointly can claim a credit of up to $1500. To receive the full tax credit, you must have an Ohio tax liability equal to or greater than the amount of the credit.
Yes. The tax credit is on a per-individual taxpayer basis. Married couples can receive two separate $750-deductions, totaling $1,500. To receive the maximum credit, spouses must list both of their names on the donation form so that a gift over $750 can be split between them.
Anyone whose taxable income is over $44,250 owes a minimum of $878.42 in state tax. A $750 donation to an SGO would reduce this amount to $128.42. That means $750 of tax money to a scholarship to help a student receive a quality Christian education and $128.42 remains for the state. You can use the chart below from Ohio Department of Taxation to determine your tax liability if you know your Ohio Taxable Income amount. Taxable state income can be found on page 2 of your state income tax return (Ohio IT 1040) line 13.
 

For taxable years beginning in 2021:

Ohio Taxable Income Tax Calculation
$0-$25,000 0.000%
$25,001 – $44,250 $346.16 + 2.765% of excess over $25,000
$44,250 – $ 88,450 $878.42 + 3.226% of excess over $44,250
$88,450 – $110,650 $2,304.31 + 3.688 % of excess over $88,450
more than $110,650 $3,123.05 + 3.990 of excess over $110,650

 

The Ohio Legislature has recently condensed Ohio tax brackets into two. Couples with combined salaries over $54,000 should qualify for $1500 in tax liability.

For 2024:

 

Donation Date School Year Tax Year
By April 15, 2024 2024-2025 Scholarships 2023
April 15 - July 15, 2024 2024-2025 Scholarships 2024
After July 15, 2024 2025-2026 Scholarships 2024
 

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:

Go to ohiocen.org/donate to contribute. Select a donation amount, then designate Madison Christian School - Groveport, as shown below. OCEN SGO will provide you with a gift receipt.
 
Donate page
Your contributions will provide tuition scholarships to qualified MCS students. Additionally, your gifts help relieve a significant portion of the school budget that is committed to financial aid, freeing those funds for other operational uses. Thank you!
 

HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year is March 31, 2024.

 

MCS students should visit ohiocen.org/apply to apply for these scholarships. Students with a demonstrated financial need are prioritized. Learn more about applying.

 

 

Thank you for partnering with Madison Christian School. If you have any questions, please contact our Administrative Office at 614-497-3456.