Congressmen John Hostettler (R-IN) and Bill Goodling (R-PA) have gained 21 cosponsors for their Children Tax ID Alternative Act (H.R. 2494). Under the bill, parents with a religious objection will no longer be required to obtain Social Security numbers for their children to claim them as dependents on federal income taxes. (For details, see July/August 99 Court Report.)
Although H.R. 2494 was not part of the Tax Refund and Relief Act just vetoed by the president, Congressmen Hostettler and Goodling are looking for an opportunity to resubmit their bill as an amendment to the tax reform package being revised by Congress.
In July, National Center for Home Education staff lobbied 58 congressional offices, mostly House Ways and Means Committee members, and obtained many promises of support for Children Tax ID Alternative Act.
Time is short to get the act into this years budget bill. Please continue to pray and ask your congressman to cosponsor H.R. 2494.