Tax Credit Scholarship

invest in kids act: tax credit scholarship

Tax Credit Scholarship Opportunity for Donors
The Invest in Kids Act, signed by Governor Rauner on August 31, 2017, establishes a comprehensive Illinois scholarship program for low-income, qualifying students attending non-public schools in Illinois. It provides up to $75 million in tax credits annually for Illinois taxpayers who contribute to fund the scholarships.

How it Works
Individual and corporate donors go to a Department of Revenue website and apply to make a “contribution” and reserve Illinois tax credits equaling 75% of their contribution. Tax credits will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis up to $75 million, with a maximum tax credit of $1 million per donor (and a maximum contribution of $1,333,333 per donor.)

If a donor’s application to make a contribution and reserve tax credits is approved, the donor will be issued a certificate of authorization from the Department of Revenue, and will have 60 days to pay the full amount of his approved contribution. The donor must pay the contribution to a State-Approved Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO); however, an individual, non-corporate donor may designate a school such as Saint Patrick as the ultimate recipient of the contribution. In that case, the SGO will then pay Saint Patrick the full amount of the designated contribution, which must be used by the school for scholarship purposes. In the meantime, the donor will be entitled to an Illinois tax credit equal to 75% of his/her contribution.

Please note: the donor cannot take a federal tax deduction as well.

For Example
If a donor makes a $10,000 approved contribution to an SGO and designates Saint Patrick as the recipient, the donor will receive a state tax credit— not merely a tax deduction — of $7,500. After applying the Illinois tax credit, the net cost to the donor will be $2,500, while Saint Patrick receives the full $10,000 contribution as a scholarship to support a qualifying student.

If the same donor increases his/her approved contribution to the SGO to $20,000 while still designating Saint Patrick as the recipient, the donor will receive a state tax credit of $15,000. In that case, the net cost to the donor, after the Illinois tax credit, will be $5,000, and Saint Patrick will receive the full $20,000 contribution amount as a scholarship for a qualifying student.

What we suggest you do
– Speak to your tax professional about whether this program is right for you.
– If you wish to reserve tax credits, you are required to have a State of Illinois “MyTax” account. If you don’t have a “MyTax” account, you can open one at As part of the process, you will need to apply for a “Letter ID” (allow 7-10 days to receive by mail).
*Please see below for instructions on how to set up your MyTax account.
– Keep an eye out for email updates from Saint Patrick High School as more specific regulations regarding the tax credit scholarship legislation are being finalized by the Illinois Department of Revenue.

If you any questions, contact Jeff Ardito, Vice President of Advancement, at 773.282.9563 or

For Families

Donors to Saint Patrick High School have been encouraged to contribute to either Big Shoulders Fund or Empower Illinois. As a family, it is to your advantage to apply to as many SGOs as possible; however, you should prioritize applying to Big Shoulders Fund and Empower Illinois over the other remaining SGOs.


SGO (Scholarship Granting Organization) Application Date & Time (if known) Materials Needed & Application
Big Shoulders Fund Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 8 AM
Empower Illinois Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7 PM
Illinois Children’s Tuition Fund Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 10 AM