Education Improvement Tax Credit Program

Reduce your business tax liability and invest locally in The Children’s Institute.

Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), tax credits are available to eligible businesses contributing to an Educational Improvement Organization like The Children’s Institute.

What is Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)?

Offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the EITC program allows businesses to receive significant tax credits when they contribute to approved Educational Improvement Organizations such as The Children’s Institute. Funding from the EITC program allows us to continue to bring disability awareness and educational opportunities to thousands of children every year.

For more information, visit the Department of Community & Economic Development website.

What is an educational improvement organization (EIO)?

EIOs are nonprofit organizations that have been approved by DCED for participation in the EITC program. To become an EIO, the nonprofit must apply annually to the DCED to show how their programs improve the educational opportunities for children. The Children’s Institute is proud to be recognized as an eligible EIO for its Kids on the Block and Amazing Kids Workshops & Assemblies

Our interactive education programs show students how people with physical and/or learning disabilities are just like everybody else, even though they face a distinct set of challenges. We teach tolerance and diversity through the following programs:

Kids on the Block

Kids on the Block (KOB) uses interactive puppetry to teach children about disabilities. Informative and entertaining skits show children with disabilities as active participants of society. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer period at the end of each program. Last school year, we reached over 11,000 children in grades K-5 through this program.

Amazing Kids Workshops & Assemblies

Amazing Kids Workshops and Assemblies (AKWA) employ short videos, simulation activities, guided group discussions and follow-up assignments to help students identify and empathize with peers who have physical, learning and other types of disabilities. Social issues affecting youth with disabilities are also explored. Last school year, we reached over 3500 children in grades 6-8 through this program.

What businesses are eligible?

Businesses that are authorized to do business in Pennsylvania who are subject to one or more of the following taxes:

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institution Tax
  • Insurance Company Law of 1921
  • Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners

Why should your business give?

By making an investment in The Children’s Institute’s d education programs through the EITC program, you can be assured that your taxes are being directed toward educational programs that benefit your community. Tax credits equal to 75% of the contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year can be increased to 90% of the contribution if your business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years.

When does the EITC tax credit program begin, and how much is available?

The program year is July 1 through June 30. The filing date is July 1 for first year applications and May 15 for business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY 13/14 to renew their 2-year commitment. Applications for tax credits are processed until the credits are exhausted; therefore it is important for your business to submit your application on July 1.

How do businesses apply for the tax credit?

The process is simple. Businesses must submit a brief application to the DCED stating what amount they plan to contribute. The DCED will notify businesses if their applications are approved. After receiving approval, businesses must provide proof to DCED within 90 days of the notification letter that their contribution was made within 60 days to an approved Educational Improvement Organization such as The Children’s Institute.

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  • Determine the amount of state corporate taxes that your company pays.
  • Pennsylvania applications must be submitted electronically using DCED's Single Application for Assistance. Paper business applications will no longer be accepted.
  • The business application guidelines explains the process of applying:
  • http://community.newpa.com/download/programs_and_funding/other_information/OSTC-EITC_Handbook2014.pdf 
  • The EITC office must receive the EITC business application on July 1, not before. Applications are approved on a first-come-first-served basis by date received.
  • When you receive written approval from DCED, you may send your contribution within 60 days to: The Children’s Institute, 1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. We will mail you an acknowledgement letter and an appropriate receipt that you can send to DCED. 
  • For specific EITC business application questions, contact Rhonda Hill, EITC Program, Department of Community & Economic Development at 717-346-8005.

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