During the 2007 mayoral primary then candidate Michael A. Nutter pledged to make public safety a top priority for his Administration. Part of this commitment included working with Philadelphia’s business community to integrate returning citizens into the workforce to decrease recidivism.
After winning the democratic nomination in May 2007, even before securing the general election, Nutter began to make good on his commitment. He partnered with Philadelphia At-Large City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. on a piece of legislation titled the Philadelphia Reentry Employment Program or what came to commonly be known at PREP. This legislation created a tax credit for employers who hire returning citizens.
In the spring of 2010 the Administration decided to evaluate PREP. For 2 and ½ years the Administration had been closely watching, listening and learning from the business community and members of the Administration on the frontlines of this issue on ways PREP can be made more streamlined and accessible.
On May 20, 2010 Councilman Goode introduced a piece of legislation to make improvements to PREP. A few weeks later it passed unanimously. The new version of PREP now allows for local non-profits to participate. In addition, a mechanism now exists for corporations who make charitable contributions to non-profits that employ returning citizens to take advantage of the tax credit available through PREP.
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the P.R.E.P. Tax credit, please feel free to contact a business representative.(submit question)