For your Arizona State Income Taxes, no, you do not have to itemize deductions to claim a credit for contributions to the Helping The Working Poor Fund, a qualifying charitable organization (use AZ 301 & AZ 321 forms). Taxpayers filing as “single” and “head of household” status may claim a maximum credit of up to $400. Taxpayers that file as “married filing joint” may claim a maximum credit of $800. Taxpayers filing as “married filing separate” may claim 1/2 of the credit allowed on a joint return. There are certain limitations, so, please consult your tax advisor.
For your Federal Income Taxes, yes, you must itemize your deductions to deduct charitable contributions of money or property made to qualified organizations. For more information, please contact your tax advisor.