Turn Your Business Tax Liability into Scholarships

For Virtually NO COST to Your Business

Through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program for Children in Need

Business Eligibility Guidelines

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

• 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 
• Personal Income Tax of S-Corporation Shareholders, Partners in a General Limited Partnership, or LLC Members.

Sub-chapter "C" Corporations can significantly reduce their Pennsylvania state tax liability by receiving tax credits for donations to state-approved scholarship organizations such as the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. 

Owners of sub-chapter S corporations and other pass-through entities such as partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC) and sole proprietorships that pay personal income tax on PA business income can fully participate in the program as well.

Corporations and business owners can choose between two distinct tax credit programs that provide needs-based scholarships to children from low income families attending the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley (Pre-K to Grade 8) or the Jewish Community Center of Allentown (Pre-K to Kindergarten). 

Participants in the EITC program may receive a state tax credit for up to 75% of their contribution; the credit can be increased to 90% of the contribution if the corporation or business owner agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years. Participants in the Pre-K EITC program may receive a tax credit equal to 100% of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90% of the remaining amount contributed.  Certain maximums may apply.

Participating corporations and/or business owners that make donations to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s EITC Scholarship program can also claim a charitable tax deduction on their federal tax return.

Combining the two benefits means the cost to a business is just pennies on the dollar, and in many cases there simply is no cost.


How to Apply

The application process is extremely efficient. The first step requires an interested business or business owner to apply to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the tax credit. (NOTE:  Only online applications are accepted.)  After the DCED reviews the application and confirms there is money available in the program, tax credits will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Once approval is received by letter from DCED, businesses must make their contribution(s) within 60 days. 

Upon receipt of the contribution, the Jewish Federation will provide substantiation of the donation. The business simply files this substantiation with the DCED to complete the process. The business is then able to claim the tax credit on its subsequent state tax filing. Specific procedures for business owners electing to pass through the EITC to individual tax returns are found in the application packets noted below.

The EITC application must be submitted online. To assist businesses, the Jewish Federation has created a Data Form for EITC online filings. Completing this form will enable the Federation to assist you with the online application process. Simply download the Data Form and return it to the Jewish Federation offices by fax (610-821-8946), mail, or e-mail (jim@jflv.org). Submitting the form does not obligate you to a contribution; it simply enables the creation of your EITC application.

Given the popularity of the program (e.g. many savvy business owners have realized that this costs them virtually nothing to benefit their communities) the State typically runs out of tax credits. If your business is applying for the first time, APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON JULY 1. Typically only businesses that apply on the first day of eligibility are awarded scholarships.

If you are a repeat applicant, whether in your second year of a current two-year commitment or if you finished a commitment and want to re-apply, you may do so beginning May 15 through June 30.

Click below to see the tax savings you may achieve by your EITC contribution:
Sample Calculations for C-Corps
Sample Calculations for S-Corps/Pass-Through Entities

You may also obtain additional information by calling the PA Department of Community and Economic Development at 717-787-7120 or online at www.newpa.org.


On May 7, 2001, by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority, Pennsylvania made history by becoming the first state to pass an education tax credit aimed at corporations and businesses, including pass-through entities and LLC members.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) provides companies with a significant tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship organization. The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as an authorized scholarship organization.

In short, the program provides Pennsylvania tax credits to offset the tax liability of a business or business owner that makes a qualified charitable contribution benefiting children from low-income families. The tax credit is taken in the year in which the contribution is made. With the contribution’s remaining eligibility for federal income tax charitable deduction, there is virtually no cost (or pennies on the dollar) to participate in the program. The EITC program is the ultimate WIN – WIN situation.

The EITC has accomplished what many in Pennsylvania have been advocating for years: to get the business community more involved in education. This tax credit redirects tax dollars to the schools via the charitable organization. It's that simple.

Benefits of the EITC Program


Since participating in the EITC program, the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley has been able to distribute over $1.8 million in scholarships benefiting low-income families at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley and the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley. Without these scholarships, the children of low-income families would not be able to afford the specific educational opportunities they have selected to best meet the needs of their children.


The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley awards the scholarships to children from families whose household incomes meet the Commonwealth’s guidelines. In partnership with the participating schools, household income is carefully substantiated, in a respectful manner, so as to insure full compliance with state policies.


And a business can donate to the program with virtually no cost.  Pennsylvania provides generous tax credits, upwards of 90% to 100%!.  Plus the charitable contributions also qualify for the Federal tax deduction.


Jim Mueth
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
702 North 22nd Street
Allentown, PA 18104
610-821-5500 | jim@jflv.org


Each year the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania budgets a certain amount of funds for the EITC program. Applications for the tax credits are accepted ON July 1 of each year (earlier only if it is for the 2nd year of a two-year commitment). Because of the popularity of the program, businesses are encouraged to apply for the credit as early as possible. However, applications are encouraged throughout the year as unallocated credits usually become available.