The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Freedom Watch
New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

    HSLDA has drafted a new tax relief bill called the Children Tax ID Alternative Act (H.R. 2494) sponsored by Congressmen John Hostettler (R-IN) and Bill Goodling (R-PA). Under this legislation, families with a religious objection will no longer be required to obtain a Social Security number for their children in order to claim them as dependents.
    Since Congress amended the tax code in 1996, requiring Social Security numbers for each dependent, HSLDA has received hundreds of complaints from families who were denied a tax deduction for their children because they have a religious conviction against government-issued numbers. These families have been forced to absorb this extra tax burden—in some cases paying three and four thousand dollars more per year to the IRS.
    In lieu of a government issued-number, this bill will allow parents to provide alternative documentation including a affidavit describing their religious belief and other articles showing the relationship of the dependent to the taxpayer—such as a birth certificate, medical records or school records.
    This bill still needs more support in the House of Representatives. Currently, Congressman Hostettler’s staff is working with Congressman Bill Archer (R-PA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, to have this legislation amended to a large tax bill.
    Please call your congressman at (202) 224-2131 and ask him to support and cosponsor the Hostettler/Goodling Children Tax ID Alternative Act to give parents with sincere religious beliefs the same tax relief as everyone else.