Businesses Use Tax Money to Help Local Children

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Stroudsburg, PA – How would you like to have your business’s tax liability become a community asset? The Education Committee of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation regarding Tax to the Max on June 19 at Noon at J.R.’s Grill in East Stroudsburg. Carol Owen from Riley & Company will present information on this worthwhile program that provides scholarship funds to send income-eligible children in Monroe County to pre-school.

All Pennsylvania businesses that pay any of the following taxes are eligible to participate in Tax for the Max for Kids Campaign: Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Income Tax of S Corporation Shareholders, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Personal or partners in a general or limited partnership.

You have to pay these taxes anyway, so why not keep those funds here in Monroe County? If your business would like to become a Tax to the Max supporter, applications for tax credits for fiscal year 2012-13 will be accepted by the state beginning July 2, 2012. These applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis, so please get your application in early! Applications will be approved until the available tax credits have been exhausted.

If you would like to register for the Tax to the Max presentation, contact Roxanne Powell at Pocono Alliance at (570) 517-3958 or email rpowell@co.monroe.pa.us. Pocono Alliance is one of three organizations that provide scholarships to local children through the Tax to the Max program. In 2011, the following businesses participated in the program through Pocono Alliance including; Vigon International, Inc., Pennstar Bank, Wind Gap Electric, Inc., National Penn Bank, and Penn Security Bank and Trust Company. Now is the time to join your fellow local businesses to help Monroe County children!

Pocono Alliance’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Monroe County by identifying human service needs and working towards solutions. Pocono Alliance has four coalitions; Education, Health, Housing and Transportation; that serve as the table in which representatives from local agencies, education systems, government and service providers in our community identify human service needs, assist with program development and deliver services in Monroe County. For more information, visit Pocono Alliance’s website at www.poconoalliance.org or on Facebook under Pocono Alliance.