FAQ: Donors

How do I participate in the program?

It’s easy. All you have to do is either complete our easy paperless process or complete the Apogee Form, and Apogee will submit the paperwork on your behalf. Apogee will receive your approval notice within 30 days. Once the approval notice is received, send your payment by check or pay online within 60 days of your approval date.

Is there a limit to how much I can give each year?

Yes, the amount you can give is limited by your tax filing status:
·  Married Filing Jointly: Maximum of $5,000
·  Individual Filer: Maximum of $2.500
Married Filing Separately: Maximum of $2,500

·  Individuals who receive pass-through income can contribute up to $25k

  • ·  S-Corps who elect to fund their GA tax liability at the entity level (starting in 2022):  Up to 75% of GA tax liability
  1. ·  C-Corporation: Up to 75% of GA tax liability

Can I direct my contribution to help a specific student?

Apogee does not accept donations specifically requesting an individual as a recipient. Donors would lose their ability to receive a charitable contribution, as well as the Georgia tax credit. Most importantly, Apogee is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is bound first and foremost by the rules and regulations governing this special status. As a 501c3, Apogee is not permitted to accept any donations directed to a specific individual. By doing so, Apogee would be putting its non-profit status in jeopardy and in turn, its SSO status in jeopardy.

Who or what is Apogee?

Apogee Scholarship Fund is state registered SSO (Student Scholarship Organization) as well as a 501c3 non-profit organization whose primary functions are to facilitate the process of distributing tax credits in exchange for donations and to disburse those funds for private school tuition scholarships. "Apogee" (ap-uh-jee) is defined as the highest point (typically of an arc). To this end, we strive to help children reach their highest educational potential.

How do I know what my GA tax liability is?

Your GA tax liability is typically 5.75% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). You can also look at Line 18 of your GA tax return (Form 500) to learn your GA tax liability.

Why should I submit my application now?

The State has placed a yearly cap on the amount of credit available at $120 million. That means that every school, tax payer, and corporation in GA is drawing from the same exact pool of credits. Once the funds are used up, you will have to wait until next year to participate in the program. Once funds are deposited, they are immediately available to help families seeking an educational choice for their children.  The yearly cap has more recently not been met on the first day of the year as in year's past but the cap has been exhausted much more quickly each year since the raising of the cap.  

Can I reduce my quarterly estimated tax payments by the amount I donate?

Yes. Your estimated payments are only an estimate of your total tax liability divided into four payments. This is a great opportunity to write the check to support education instead of paying that portion of estimated taxes. Ask your accountant to reduce your quarterly estimated tax payment by the amount of your contribution. This will reduce each of your quarterly payments by 25% of the amount you intend to contribute.