Turn Your Tax Dollars Into Tax Credits

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 that pays 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 YMCA of Indiana County is an approved educational improvement program, not a scholarship organization.

GIVING IS EASY! 1 application & 5 easy steps


  1. Businesses submit a one-page application to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) indicating what amount they plan to contribute.
  2. The DCED will notify businesses that have been approved.
  3. After receiving the approval, business have 60 days to make the contribution to the EITC organization.
  4. Businesses must provide the DCED with a copy of the confirmation of contribution from the EITC organization (a letter of receipt).
  5. The DCED will communication with the PA Department of Revenue and applicable tax credit is applied to the business’ tax account.

Information You Need:

  • New!! For 2013, the EITC application process has changed. Businesses who wish to be approved to use tax credits must submit applications on-line, beginning July 1. Businesses who are renewing their approval can do so beginning May 1 of each year.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development is the State’s website for the EITC.
  • EITC Guidelines  provides more information on the application, eligibility and use of the tax credit.
  • Business Application Guide provides instructions for the new on-line application.

We are available to answer any questions about the state’s EITC program, the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum and are available to work with you or your accountant to help you complete the application.