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2/23/2005 12:00:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana--Calls Needed Immediately to Support $500 Tax Credit for Homeschools

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February 23, 2005


Indiana--Calls Needed Immediately to Support $500 Tax Credit for
Homeschools


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

How would like to receive a $500 tax credit for homeschooling?

Now is your chance to make this educational tax credit a reality by
calling your state representative.

House Bill 1009, introduced by Representative Bob Behning, passed the
House Education Committee on Wednesday, February 16th. This bill will
enable parents to receive up to a $500 tax credit for their
educational expenses, which will be applied to state income taxes. The
tax credit is scheduled to increase by $500 each year until it reaches
$3,000.

The bill will provide a tax credit for parents who choose a non-public
school, including a homeschool, or a public school. It will also
provide a Freedom to Achieve Scholarship to permit a child to attend a
non-public school or a different public school if they are attending a
failing public school.

Time is very short. This bill will likely have its 2nd reading on
Thursday and its 3rd reading on Monday. If the bill is not passed by
the House on Monday, it is likely that the bill will be defeated for
this session.

We need your calls immediately!


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your state representative with this message:

"Please vote for HB 1009 because it will empower parents to choose the
best education for their children."

You can contact your state representative by calling l 800-382-9842 or
317-232-9600. You can also find specific contact information for your
representative with our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/ .


BACKGROUND

Homeschoolers currently pay for the public education system while they
privately educate their own children. This "double taxation" is
unfair. While almost all homeschoolers would like to be free of the
tax burden of public schools they do not use themselves, a significant
number of homeschool leaders are concerned about any effort to obtain
benefits from the government. Most homeschool leaders agree that
vouchers (direct payments from the government to private or
homeschools) are unacceptable because of the controls and loss of
freedom that comes with the money.

As an alternative, HSLDA recommends another vehicle: educational tax
credits. Parents and individuals who provide for a child's education
should be allowed to keep some of their tax money that would otherwise
have been used to fund public education. This goal could be
accomplished through a tax credit.

Educational tax credit legislation can typically be divided into two
categories: tax credits for individuals or corporations who contribute
to a non-profit scholarship fund and tax credits reimbursing parents
for educational expenses incurred for their children. Arizona passed
an educational tax credit law which falls into the first category
while Minnesota and Illinois passed a tax credit falling into the
second category.

Education tax credits offer several benefits:

* Educational tax credits will give parents true choice in education.
This tax credit will help reduce the "double tax burden" on parents
who choose private or home education.
* Education tax credits will benefit public schools by encouraging
students to attend private schools or homeschools, the tuition tax
credit will reduce overcrowded public school class sizes and the
student-to-teacher ratio, making more teachers available to public
school students.
* Education tax credits will benefit low-income families. Most
educational tax credit proposals provide a credit for businesses and
private individuals who contribute to a nonprofit scholarship fund,
which are usually dedicated to helping low-income families. This type
of credit provides an incentive to help give low-income families true
choice in their children's education.

For more information on educational tax credits, see our memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2137

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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