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Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit

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Eitc Program

Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program authorizes tax credits for businesses that make contributions to educational improvement or scholarship organizations. The EITC is administered by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (visit www.newpa.com and type in EITC in the search box). The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia is a recognized Educational Improvement Organization under the EITC program.

The EITC Program allows businesses to make charitable contributions based on the amount of Pennsylvania state taxes they pay.  The program provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to an Educational Improvement Organization*.  If the company commits to making the same donation for two consecutive years, the tax credit increases to 90%. A company authorized to do business in Pennsylvania can receive up to $750,000 in tax credits annually.

*An organization that provides "innovative educational programs.


For Questions about donating through the EITC 

Please contact:

Major Tawny Cowen-Zanders

Divisional Secretary for Greater Philadelphia

Email: Tawny.Cowen-Zanders@use.salvationarmy.org

Office: 215. 787. 2800


Supports Kids’ Educational Opportunities Through eitc today:


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

  1. Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax
  2. Corporate Net Income Tax
  3. Bank Shares Tax
  4. Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax
  5. Insurance Premiums Tax (excluding surplus lines, unauthorized, domestic/foreign marine)
  6. Mutual Thrift Tax
  7. Gross Receipts Tax
  8. Tax under the Insurance Company Law of 1921
  9. Personal Income Tax
How to Apply

Pennsylvania businesses can begin applying for EITC credits through DCED’s electronic single application system. DCED will no longer require applicants to mail the signed signature page.

The business application guide explains the process of applying. Tax credit applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted. All applications received on a specific day will be processed on a random basis before moving on to the next day’s applications. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted.

Learn More 

For More Information, including Deadlines for Applying, terms, funding, and etc.

Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

 The Salvation Army utilizes the EITC fund

EITC funds will support the out-of-school time programs, specifically Project Based Learning, Music, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education for students in kindergarten to 8th grade. The overarching goal of The Salvation Army’s out-of-school time programs is to foster productive, fruitful adult lives for youth through positive, well-rounded growth experiences.

As the mission of the Salvation Army is to meet the human needs of people in their respective communities, programs aim to fulfill one of the most basic needs of children: education and exploration. With education, youth will be prepared to flourish in their future careers; through exploration, their knowledge is broadened to relate to the larger world and they find new interests which aids in self-discovery.

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