The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
In 2001, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which allows businesses to direct funds that would otherwise go to taxes toward a non-profit scholarship organization.
How often have you had the opportunity to choose how your state tax dollars are spent?
Here is your chance!
Not only does your participation in the EITC program increase a student’s chance to receive the education of their choice, but also it results in a tax credit for the business and the money stays right in our community.
Although standard charitable donations reduce your amount of taxable income, tax credits reduce your actual tax bill, dollar-for-dollar.
How it works
The EITC program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Tax credits may be awarded to businesses that make contributions to Saint Patrick School via the Diocese of Harrisburg Neumann Scholarship Foundation (SO).
Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.
To receive tax credits, businesses must be approved to make a contribution by the DCED. As a business, you have the choice of two commitments:
A percentage of the contribution can also be claimed as a charitable contribution on a business federal tax return, sometimes allowing companies to approach a dollar-for-dollar credit for an EITC Program donation.
Entities eligIble to apply for EITC are operating businesses authorized to do business in Pennsylvania that are subject to the following taxes:
More information can be found at
Apply online on July 1. All applications must be completed and submitted online using the DCED’s Single Application for Assistance on July 1. Paper applications are not accepted.
The application can be found at: www.newpa.com/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc, under the tab “apply” near the top of the page
The business application guide on the DCED website explains the process of applying. Tax credit applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted; the allotted money is usually used in its entirety on July 1.
Saint Patrick School would be happy to meet with you and any representatives of your business to discuss the process further. Development Director Lisa Maddux also would be able to help walk you through the application process to ensure its proper use.
Don’t just take our word for it
The following businesses are EITC partners with Saint Patrick School:
John Calogero, CFO, Carlisle Construction Materials:
"Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) has contributed to St. Patrick School through the PA EITC program over the past six years. CCM willingness to make a two year commitment has resulted in us receiving 90 percent of our contribution as a tax credit under the program. We were able to apply the credit against our tax liability in the year we made the contribution.
The actual contribution process is relatively easy.
The EITC program is a wonderful way to make a significant contribution to a great school like St. Patrick at a very minimal cost to your organization."
Steve Macdonald, president of M&Z Carpets Inc.:
“M&Z Carpets is excited to participate in the EITC program through St. Patrick School!
It is a tremendous advantage that we can leverage a sizeable charitable contribution which will benefit those who could not normally attend St. Patrick School. We are a small family owned business, but this program makes it possible for even a smaller company to participate in a big way! The EITC program is a great way to make a significant donation to a school such as St. Patrick School at a minimal cost to our bottom line. We look forward to continuing on with this in the future.”
John Ulsh, president of JDU-RML Partners:
The educational tax credit is a simple, straightforward process that allows me and my companies the opportunity to designate our state taxes dollars toward scholarships for students to receive an outstanding Christian education at Saint Patrick School. These are dollars that we are already paying to the State of PA.
Why wouldn’t my companies want to invest a portion of this money toward giving the children of our community a more rounded education grounded in meeting their spiritual, intellectual and creative needs?
About Saint Patrick School
We ask you to consider enrolling in the program to designate your taxes to our Neumann Scholarship, which helps approximately 20 percent of Saint Patrick School students each year.
Lisa Maddux, Development Director Ricman J. Fly, Principal
Saint Patrick School
87 Marsh Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013