GMS Surgent CPA
Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

What is the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit?
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organization.  The tax credit increases to 90% if the company commits to making the same donations for two consecutive years.  A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can receive up to $750,000 in tax credits annually.  More importantly, the EITC provides children and families with a choice in their education and a chance in life.
The scholarships are for privately run schools that are registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to be involved in the program. The scholarships are then restricted to families whose household income is below $76,350 with an additional $15,270 allowance per child and dependent members of the household. (i.e. A family with 3 children cannot exceed $122,160 in household income.)
What types of taxes can be offset by this credit?
A business must be subject to one of the following seven Pennsylvania business taxes to participate:

  1. Corporate Net Income Tax
  2. Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  3. Personal Income Tax of S Corporation Shareholders, or partners in a limited or general partnership
  4. Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  5. Insurance Premiums Tax
  6. Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
  7. Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
Can I see an example of how the credit works?
Sample Calculation for LLC, Partnership or S-Corporation (2 year commitment):

Cash to Charity


PA Tax Credit Reduction (90% of contribution)


Net Federal Tax Reduction for contribution
(39.6% tax rate)

Out of Pocket

 $ 604
*($10,000-9,000*39.6%) Additional savings if taxpayer is in AMT
This business owner redirected $9,396 from Harrisburg to a local scholarship organization.
CLICK HERE to visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development website which will provide you with an overview, application timeline and guidelines.
For more information, please contact:

Brian Gallagher, MT, CPA
Managing Member
Direct Dial: 484.395.2201