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Community Development Corporation (CDC) Tax Credit

The Community Development Corporation (CDC) Tax Credit program rewards local businesses that contribute to economic development efforts in distressed parts of the City.

The tax credit is available to a maximum of 42 businesses in any given tax year. Due to the popularity of the program, we can’t guarantee availability to all qualified applicants. The City advertises open slots when they become available. Once an opening has been announced, applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Business eligibility

A business is eligible to receive a tax credit of $100,000 per year if it:

  • Sponsors a qualifying organization that is not already participating in the tax credit program;
  • Pledges to contribute $100,000 per year to that qualifying organization for 10 consecutive years; and
  • Applies for a renewal each year to establish continued eligibility.

Qualifying organizations

An organization participating in the program must fall under one of the following designations:

  • Qualifying CDC undertaking economic development activities within the City of Philadelphia
  • Qualifying nonprofit intermediary
  • Qualifying nonprofit organization engaged in developing and implementing healthy food initiatives

Of the 42 available program slots, 40 are reserved for businesses that contribute to qualifying CDCs and nonprofit intermediaries. The remaining two slots are reserved for contributions to nonprofit organizations engaged in developing and implementing healthy food initiatives.

You can find a full description of the CDC Tax Credit, including definitions of qualifying CDCs, under Section 501 of the BIRT regulations.

Benefits

The tax credit will be applied against the Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT) obligation of the participating business(es).

Co-sponsoring a qualifying organization

Two businesses can partner to sponsor a qualifying organization. In this situation, both businesses are parties to a contribution agreement with the City. The $100,000 annual tax credit is divided between the two businesses in proportion to each business’s contribution, as specified in the contribution agreement.

Applying for the credit

Paper applications are available below under Forms & instructions. It is strongly encouraged that applicants apply for the program and annual renewal using the Philadelphia Tax Center:

  • Log into your https://tax-services.phila.gov,
  • Under the “Summary” tab, find your BIRT account,
  • Select the “Apply for credit programs” link on this screen,
  • Pick a program you wish to apply to,
  • Make sure to read the brief instruction before hitting “Next” to access the full application.

Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process. Be sure to check all the eligibility requirements before applying for credits.

Renewals and new applications are accepted at the end of the calendar year for participation during the next calendar year.


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