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Illinois enacted the Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program in 2017. This program offers a 75 percent income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois.

The website, empowerillinois.org, is now live. Visit it for more information as a donor, school, or student.

Print Flyer – About Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Below is compiled information on the latest updates regarding the State Tax Credit program for private school donations:

  • The Northern Illinois District (NID) is encouraging qualifying Lutheran schools to participate in the Illinois State Tax Credit program by utilizing the administrative services of Empower Illinois (EI), a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO)
  • State recognition is required for qualifying schools. December 18 is the deadline for completion of iWAS data, critical to maintaining your eligible status. If you are not state recognized, you may qualify after successful completion of a State visit.
  • Empower Illinois (EI) was created by the organization which helped successful passing of the Legislation. Learn more about One Chance Illinois at www.onechanceillinois.org.
  • The Central Illinois District (CID) and Southern Illinois District (SID) are also directing schools to EI.
  • The NID, CID and SID staff have nominated Rev. Dr. Dan Gard, President of Concordia University Chicago (CUC), to the EI Board. His nomination is still being considered by EI.
  • Neil Ruddock is the contact person for EI. He is very helpful. His email is neil@empowerillinois.org and his cell is 1-850-545-0542. Call him with questions.
  • Attached are SGO information flyers which provide overviews of the program.
  • Included in these attachments are some notes from an attendee at an information meeting held by One Chance.
  • For more information on the Illinois Department of Revenue rules visit www.revenue. state.il.us/LegalInformation/ Regs/Part1000/index.htm

Empower Illinois Meeting Notes 11/16/2017
TCS Program Key Facts
Department of Revenue – SGO Update
Empower Illinois Overview
DOR Final Emergency Rules
SGO Regulations

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