The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, “Invest in Kids,” provides a 75 percent Illinois state income tax credit to individuals and corporations that contribute money to a non-profit Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). The SGOs award scholarships to eligible students from low-income families. Donors will use money already owed to the state (taxes) and donate it to a needs-based scholarships instead, all while receiving a 75 percent state tax credit.
Through this program:
  • An individual or corporation will receive a 75 percent credit on donations to an SGO. For example, if a person donates $100,000, they will receive a state tax credit of $75,000.
  • Individual donors can designate their donations to Village Leadership Academy.
  • The credit can be rolled over for five years.
  • Donors are prohibited from receiving a federal tax deduction for these donations.
  • The program is capped at $100 million in donations, resulting in $75 million in total tax credits issued.

How to donate to a Tax Credit Scholarship?

Individual and corporate donors can reserve tax credits through mytax.illinois.gov by following these steps:
  1. Create a MyTax Illinois account on mytax.illinois.gov. Anyone applying for a scholarship tax credit is required to have an account. If you do not have one, the first step is requesting a Letter ID from the Illinois Department of Revenue.
  2. Apply for a tax credit on mytax.illinois.gov. Donors will need to provide the following information:
    • Region to which he/she plans to donate
    • Name of SGO to which he/she plans to donate (VLA is partnering with Empower Illinois and Big Shoulder Fund)
    • Amount he/she plans to donate
  3. Donate to the SGO within 60 days of receiving your application approval and the Contribution Authorization Certificate.
    • Designate the donation to Village Leadership Academy.
  4. Provide certificate from the SGO to use tax credit when filing a 2018 return in 2019.

Applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship
The window to apply for a tax credit scholarship for the 2018/19 school year has closed. We will provide updates on this website when the applications open for the 2019/20 school year. In the meantime, to learn more about the tax credit scholarship application policy, including scholarship eligibility, click here.