The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), Special Entity program and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program are excellent opportunities for your business to support Bishop McCort Catholic High School!

Designate the state tax dollars you already pay to support education

In 2001, the PA General Assembly established the EITC program to promote expanded education opportunities for students in the Commonwealth. Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) sets aside millions of dollars in tax credits through the EITC program allowing eligible Pennsylvania businesses to reduce their state tax liability by making charitable donations to approved nonprofit organizations such as Bishop McCort Catholic High School.

EITC is one of the most crucial funding sources of financial aid for our students. The EITC Program allows individuals and businesses to redirect their PA state income taxes to Bishop McCort instead of sending those tax dollars to Harrisburg. In return, an individual will receive 90% back in a tax credit and/or refund! You could help out students in a HUGE way Simply by filling out a one-page form to redirect your state taxes to Bishop McCort.

This program is the biggest no-brainer! You can change the life of a student by reallocating your tax dollars to our Catholic school community.

Learn more about EITC and OSTC

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program

The OSTC Program provides scholarships to eligible students who wish to attend a participating public or nonpublic school of their choice. Students who live within the attendance boundaries of a low-achieving school as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education are eligible to receive an opportunity scholarship provided they also meet the household income criteria. Currently Greater Johnstown Middle School and High School, Shade Central-City, and Turkeyfoot Valley Area are defined as “low achieving” schools. Bishop McCort Catholic High School is an approved opportunity scholarship organization.

A Special Purpose Entity is a new class of pass-through partnership that exists solely for the purpose of earning Educational Improvement (or Opportunity Scholarship) Tax Credits. It is easy to get tax credits by joining an SPE by simply signing a joinder agreement, which reserves your tax credits for the year. You complete the process by contributing your tax dollars to the SPE’s scholarship organization rather than the state. Make your contribution by December 31 in order to receive the tax credit for the year.

For questions contact
Jessie Varga, EITC Manager