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.