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2/14/2005 5:03:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--More Calls Needed to Support $250 Tax Deduction for Homeschooling

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February 14, 2005


Virginia--More Calls Needed to Support $250 Tax Deduction for
Homeschooling


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls now to your Delegate to ensure passage of Senate
Bill 1239. If this bill becomes law, Virginia homeschoolers will be
able to claim a $250 deduction on their state income taxes.

We sent an earlier E-lert urging people to support Senator Russ
Potts's legislation, SB 1239, which allows homeschool parents to take
a $250 tax deduction for homeschool expenses on their Virginia income
tax.

However, we did not know that legislative services had made a
technical change which prevented homeschoolers from obtaining the tax
deduction. Therefore, SB 1239 passed the Senate without the
legislative language that would have allowed homeschoolers to receive
the tax deduction.

As soon as we discovered the problem, Chris Klicka called Delegate
Scott Lingamfelter and asked him to reinstate homeschoolers by
offering an amendment in committee.

In the House Finance Committee hearing today, Delegate Lingamfelter
proposed HSLDA's amendment to allow homeschoolers to receive the $250
tax deduction. His amendment passed the committee this morning, 15-0.
It will be voted on by the full House of Delegates sometime in the
next week or two.


ACTION REQUESTED

Call the Constituent Viewpoint switchboard to leave a message for your
Delegate. You can use (800) 889-0229 if you live outside the Richmond
area or (804) 698-1990 if you live in Richmond. Please give your
Delegate this message:

"Please support Senate Bill 1239, as amended by Delegate Lingamfelter.
This will benefit parents and children and promote education in our
commonwealth. Parents deserve a tax break for educational expenses."

If you do not know who your Delegate is, use our legislative toolbox
at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2103

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler, but only as a
parent.

Thank you for your calls.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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