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Tax Credit Scholarships

The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, made possible by the Illinois Invest in Kids Act, provides donors a unique opportunity to contribute to scholarships that help lower-income families send their children to private schools — while reducing their own tax bill on dollars otherwise owed to the state. 


The program enables individuals and corporations to reserve Illinois income tax credits based on contributions made to SGOs. The organizations then provide scholarships for eligible students to attend nonpublic schools, with priority given to low-income students. Taxpayers may apply 75 percent of the total contributed as a tax credit against their Illinois income tax bill.


Big Shoulders Fund and Empower Illinois have been approved to participate as a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) through this program.


If you are interested in a tax credit supporting MBTA, click the links below for more information.

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