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Scholarship donations returned to Ga. taxpayers

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(AP) - Authorities say Georgia nonprofit agencies had to return millions of dollars to taxpayers who wanted to donate money to the popular Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/xmSrWX) that the lure of receiving a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions made to support scholarships for public school students seeking a private school education had more people donating faster than ever.

But officials said the program reached its $50 million cap on tax credits in 2011 faster than anticipated. The cap was reached in early November, weeks before the Dec. 31 deadline when a large chunk of last-minute contributions roll in.

Georgia Department of Revenue officials said they rejected the applications of 2,764 taxpayers seeking tax credits for $5.7 million they hoped to contribute in 2011.

 

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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