Scholarship Granting Organizations
Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) are non-profits that receive qualified contributions from individuals and businesses and then disburse these funds in the form of scholarships to eligible students to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois.
Important News - The expiration date of the Invest in Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program was December 31, 2023. Contributions made to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) after December 31, 2023, will not be eligible for a tax credit. See Informational Bulletin FY 2024-17 for more information.
An Invest in Kids tax credit must be claimed in the tax year that the contribution was made. Any Invest in Kids tax credit not fully used in the year it was first claimed may be carried forward for the next five tax years, even if the five-year carry forward period is past the expiration date. For example: If a calendar year filing taxpayer makes an eligible contribution to an SGO in 2023, the tax credit must be claimed on the 2023 tax return. Any excess credit not used on the 2023 tax return may be carried forward until 2028.
The application process for the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Program has closed.
Remember: You must be approved by the Department to be an SGO before you can accept contributions or issue Certificates of Receipt (CORs) to contributors.