Abington Community Library approved as an Educational Improvement Organization

Brothers Russell and Nicholas Booth show off the Lackawanna County Library System Junior Battle of the Books Annual Champion trophy they won as part of an Abington Community Library team in 2014.

CLARKS SUMMIT — The Abington Community Library was approved as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Eligible businesses can now receive state tax credits through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC) and claim a charitable donation for their support of four innovative educational programs at the library: the Teen Reading Lounge; Financial Literacy Programs for Children and Teens; the Reading Club; and Battle of the Books. Funding will provide materials to enhance implementation of these four programs and benefit the community’s youth.

The EITC program permits state businesses, subject to several credit eligible taxes including personal income tax and corporate net income tax, to take a tax credit of 75 percent of a contribution to an educational improvement organization such as the library. This can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years.

For more information or to download the application, visit tlgets.me/hvi. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday, July 1. Available EITC funds are exhausted rapidly. Applications that are not received electronically on July 1 will most likely not be approved.

For more information about the four innovative educational programs, contact Leah Rudolph, director, at 570-587-3440 or lrudolph@albright.org.

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