BotsIQ is a program of the 501(c)3 organization Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling & Machining Foundation. All donations are tax-deductible. All donations to BotsIQ go directly to supporting the program.
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Mail to: 100 S. Jackson Avenue, 2nd Floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Support BotsIQ through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program
Tax credits are available to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made. BotsIQ is currently on an approved list of educational improvement organizations. Click here for BotsIQ Acceptance Letter.
Businesses authorized to do business in Pennsylvania who are subject to one or more of the following taxes are eligible:
Tax credits equal to 75 percent of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. Can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years. For contributions to Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organizations, a business may receive a tax credit equal to 100 percent of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90 percent of the remaining amount contributed up to a maximum credit of $200,000 annually.
An approved company must provide proof to Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) within 90 days of the notification letter that the contribution was made within 60 days of the notification letter. Tax credits not used in the tax year the contribution was made may not be carried forward or carried back and are not refundable or transferable, except for an approved election by a pass-through entity to apply any unused tax credits to the tax liability of the owners in the taxable year immediately following the year in which the contribution is made.
Pennsylvania businesses can begin applying for EITC credits through DCED’s electronic single application system. DCED will no longer require applicants to mail the signed signature page.
The How to Apply Walkthrough (PDF) explains the process of applying. Tax credit applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted. All applications received on a specific day will be processed on a random basis before moving on to the next day’s applications. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted.
In southwestern Pennsylvania, BotsIQ is the largest high school manufacturing workforce development program, working with over 10,000 students since its inception in 2005. BotsIQ provides stipends to every school to offset tools and materials costs; offers transportation assistance to underserved districts; and provides scholarship to BotsIQ graduates to continue their career pathways after high school.
BotsIQ students learn technical and career ready skills needed by industry to fill the shortage of current and future employees. In 2021, more than 90% of students reported learning at least one technical skill (machining, welding, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or CAD) and 92% reported learning at least one 21st century skill (problem solving, project management, teamwork, leadership, and/or critical thinking).