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School District Pushes Tax Credit Program

Why not make sure the tax your business is paying is going to the Upper St. Clair School District?

The is encouraging business owners—large and small—to participate in the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

The program allows businesses to direct a percentage of their state taxes to fund innovative educational programming in Upper St. Clair. Eligible businesses will get a 75 percent tax credit for donations.

That tax credit increases to 90 percent if the company commits to making the same donation for two consecutive years.

A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can apply for up to $300,000 in tax credits annually.

"Why would you want to send tax dollars to the state when you could send it to the school district?" said Liz Hall, director of advancement and mother of two third graders and one sixth grader. "That's attractive to me as a parent."

Interested businesses should visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website as soon as possible to find out more about the program and prepare their applications. Credits will become available on July 1 and will likely be expended on that same day.

"It's a wonderful tool the state has made available to fund education. Other school districts are taking advantage of this as well," Hall said.

If your business does receive the tax credits, how will the money impact Upper St. Clair School District?

The funding will flow through the to the district and will support approved Innovative Educational Programs.

Currently, Upper St. Clair's International Baccalaureate program is the only approved IEP, but the district has applied to receive designation for the elementary science curriculum, newly created leadership initiative, SWEP and Challenge programs, 21st century classroom initiative, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math laboratory research partnership at the .

The EITC contributions will also free up much-needed resources for programming and curriculum priorities across the district, according to Hall.

"This is certainly the time we all need to come together as a community and support the school district," Hall said.

Those with questions about the EITC program should call Liz Hall at 412-833-1600 ext. 2826 or email her at LHall@uscsd.k12.pa.us.

william atwell May 14, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Oh, now since the school board cant balance a budget and would like to over spend. Not only do we ask the teachers for a do over. Now we are begging the local companies to antie up even more money. Really? Wow. Not only do we try and keep business out of the township and we push others out the door. The ones who are actually here we are going to be begging for a hand out? What has happened to this school board? What has happened to this township. When will the school board say enough is enough? when will this school board really make the choices that need to be made? When will we as residents be reading up lifting stories about our students and teachers making a positive impact on our community? Why are we allowing School Board Gone Wild continue on this out of control behavior? This school board really needs a wake up call and realize that the Residents of USC are tired of this game they are playing with our pocket book. We are tired of hearing anytime someone disagrees with them that we are not for education. Sorry folks but the one thing about being a Resident and a American Citizen is the right not to drink the Kool Aid the school board is offering. And i disagree with the spending habits of the school board. I am all for a quality education, but not at the expense of families. Not where people are making choices of spending time with loved one's or having to work to pay more school taxes! This is nuts
Alicia Hawkins May 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Here is a link explaining the EITC program. http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc I have always thought it somewhat neglectful that the school district hasn't been promoting and utilizing it more. It doesn't increase anyone's taxes and allows the taxpayer to make a choice to direct some of their taxes. Smart business that's all. I often disagree with the actions the board has taken but that doesn't mean everything is automatically wrong, this should have been done years ago. I am glad they are addressing.

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