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4/6/2005 5:25:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana--Calls Needed to Support $500 Tax Credit for Homeschools

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April 6, 2005


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


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls to your state representative immediately to support
a $500 tax credit for your homeschool expenses.

Senate bill 281 (originally House Bill 1009 introduced by
Representative Bob Behning), passed the Senate and is ready for a vote
in the House.

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.

We need your calls immediately.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your state representative with this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 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/

This bill would be a tremendous first step toward tax equity.


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.

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. This will reduce
overcrowded public school class sizes and create a better
student-teacher ratio. More teachers will be available to public
school students.

The bill also creates many new opportunities for public school
children to transfer to a public school their parents believe is
better for them.

For more information on educational tax credits, see our memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2141

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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