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3/24/2003 3:33:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arizona--Support Scholarship Tax Credit for Corporations

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March 24, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Arizona was the first state in the country to adopt a scholarship tax
credit (STC) that lets taxpayers donate their own money to provide
scholarships for private schools. Under current law only individuals
may take a tax credit for a donation to a scholarship fund, but
Senate Bill 1263 would open the door for corporations to provide
these scholarships. This is an important step forward for educational
freedom and we urge all homeschoolers to support this bill.

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact your state senator to urge him or her to vote for SB 1263. In
your own words say, "Please support SB 1263. Let corporations do more
to give every child a choice."

Visit www.hslda.org/toolbox and enter your zip code to find the name
and contact information for your state Senator.

BACKGROUND

Arizona was the first state in the country to adopt a scholarship tax
credit, which has been upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court. While
this tax credit does not directly help homeschoolers, it allows every
Arizona taxpayer to support private education at no cost to
themselves. Each taxpayer can donate up to $500 of their own money to
help children choose alternatives to public schools. That donation is
taken directly off the state income tax liability. Thus, in effect,
homeschoolers can take $500 out the state budget and put it into
private education.

Two other states have adopted similar laws. Both Pennsylvania and
Florida allow businesses to take a dollar for dollar tax credit for
donations to private schools. This legislation would follow
Pennsylvania and Florida's lead. At present, only individual
taxpayers can donate money to scholarship funds. While not all
corporations will take advantage of this new law, some will and most
should. The new law will give homeschool employees an opportunity to
lobby their own corporations for visible support to private
education.

For more information on tax credits, see HSLDA's memo at:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000060.asp

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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