Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

Tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization.


Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.


Tax credits equal to 75% of its contribution up to a maximum of $300,000 per taxable year; Can be increased to 90% of the contribution, if business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years; For contributions to Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organizations a business may receive a tax credit equal to 100% of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90% of the remaining amount contributed up to a maximum credit of $150,000 annually.


Businesses 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; or Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners.


An approved company must provide proof to DCED within 90 days of the notification letter that the contribution was made within 60 days of the notification letter; Tax credits not used in the tax year the contribution was made may not be carried forward or carried back and is not refundable or transferable.

Where to Apply:

DCED Center for Business Financing, Tax Credit Division, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120: (717)-787-7120 or Applications are approved on a first-come-first-served basis by date received. EITC Business Guidelines


Organizational applications are accepted all year round. Renewals for 11-12 should be submitted beginning May 1, 2011. Renewals can take up to 60 days to review; if you want listed on July 1 submit on May 1. The 10-11 list will expire at midnight June 30th.

Organizational Guidelines (.pdf):
Scholarship Organization
Educational Improvement Organization
Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization

Lists of Organizations (.pdf):
Scholarship Organization
Educational Improvement Organization
Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization

Purpose of Funding:

  • Community Development