Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) has been proud to be recognized as an Educational Improvement Organization through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. CLP provides outstanding youth literacy programs eligible for support through EITC, including:
- BLAST-Bringing Libraries and Schools Together
- Summer Reading Program
- Extended Year Summer Reading Program
EITC funded programs at CLP serve more than 27,000 children and teens in Pittsburgh annually. Our BLAST program makes regular visits to a number of Pittsburgh Public Schools, helping students expand their vocabularies and teaching critical reading comprehension skills. The Summer Reading Program helps children and teens discover the joy of reading by encouraging them to choose their own books, set their own goals and determine their own measures of success. Your support affords the Library the ability to offer fun, life-changingliteracy programs to school-age youth at a time when they are needed most.
While the impact of your support for young readers is immeasurable, a one-year commitment to CLP earns your business a tax credit equal to 75% of your contribution to the Library. A two-year commitment of the same amount per year can earn you a credit of 90% for two consecutive tax years. In total, you can earn a maximum of $750,000 in tax credits per taxable year.
To earn tax credit approval, a business must submit an application with the state's Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Applications for businesses applying for a second year of a two-year commitment, or those who have fulfilled their two-year commitment and wish to renew, will be accepted starting May 15, 2015. New applicants may apply beginning July 1, 2015. As stated on DCED's Web site, "Tax credit applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted... until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted."
The EITC Program was created to give businesses and corporations an incentive to support organizations like CLP. Eligible businesses include those paying any of the following: Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax, Insurance Premiums Tax, Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax, Tax under the Insurance Company Law of 1921, Personal Income Tax of S Corporations or Partnership Partners.
Application forms are available for download at www.newpa.com, search "EITC". Additional information about Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's youth literacy programs is available at http://www.carnegielibrary.org.