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Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)

Girard College EITC information (downloadable PDF)

Girard College is an approved scholarship organization under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

You may want to speak to your accountant to see if your business qualifies.

• What is EITC?

Enacted in 2001, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) provides a tax credit to businesses that pay Pennsylvania's corporate income tax for contributions to scholarship organizations that give private-school scholarships to eligible children. The EITC program enables a Pennsylvania business to direct up to $750,000 of its Pennsylvania state tax dollars directly to Girard College's scholarship program. Tax credits are given for 75 percent of a one-year gift and 90 percent of gifts given in two consecutive years.

• Who can make a gift?

Eligible businesses. If a business pays any of the following corporate taxes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the EITC program allows it to make a gift to Girard College instead:

  • 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


• How much of my tax liability may I donate to Girard through EITC?

Pennsylvania's tax credit is for 75% of a corporation's contribution of up to $750,000 per taxable year, or 90% of its contribution, if it contributes to Girard for two consecutive years. Total tax credits authorized for the scholarship program are limited annually, and tax credits are awarded to participating businesses.


• Where do I get an application?

The application form is available through the Department of Community and Economic Development at (717) 787-7120 or at www.newpa.com.  Select EITC Business Guidelines for further information and the application form.


• When do I submit the application?

Applications may be filed electrncially with the PA EITC Office beginning on July 1, 2014. Because EITCs will be made available on a first-come, first-served, basis, it is important that your application is filed electronically on July 1. (Applications received after July 1 may be denied due to heavy demand.)


"For six years I have used the EITC program to redirect my organization's PA tax obligations to Girard College in support of the school's incredible mission to serve at-risk children. If you want to help highly motivated kids in need and are looking for a good deal of personal satisfaction (at virtually no after-tax cost), get involved and ask your employer to join in the EITC program. It is easy and you can make a difference."

– Mark Solomon, Chairman, CMS Companies

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