Federal Legislation
June 19, 2003

H.R. 1575 - Help and Opportunities for Parents of Exceptional Children Act of 2003

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Background:
Official purpose: H.R. 1575 amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow an annual tax credit of up to $3,000 (with adjustments for inflation) per year for the qualified elementary or secondary education expenses of a dependent child with a disability. The language of this bill includes private, parochial, religious, or homeschools among qualified educational institutions.

Introduced April 2, 2003 by Rep. Ron Paul [R, TX-14]

Cosponsors (None)

Status:

4/2/2003: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
12/31/2004: This bill is "dead". It was not passed into law before the end of the 108th Congress.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports tax credits, so long as the language establishing the tax credit does not set additional burdens on homeschooling parents. Unlike vouchers, tax credits allow homeschooling parents to use their educational expenses to lower the amount of taxes owed. The language in H.R. 1575 establishes such a tax credit. However, although in concept this bill is good, references to homeschools in the legislation need to be clearly tied to state law in order to avoid possible federal regulations defining homeschools. If amended to address this issue, HSLDA would support passage of this legislation.

 Other Resources

H.R. 1575 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)