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7/11/2005 11:47:07 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Calls Needed Immediately To Support $100 Tax Credit For Homeschools

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Wisconsin--Calls Needed Immediately To Support $100 Tax Credit For
Homeschools

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

How would you like to pay $100 less to the Wisconsin State Government
in your next income tax filing? We are one step away since the
Wisconsin legislature has passed a $100 tax credit for homeschool
families that is awaiting the Governor's signature.

If the tax credit becomes law you will be able to check the tax credit
box on your next income tax statement and pay $100 less in the taxes
you owe. This is $100 that will enable you to be a better steward of
your money.

Illinois has a $500 tax credit and Minnesota has a $1,000 tax credit;
in both states, homeschoolers have benefited tremendously.
Unfortunately, various forms of tax credits for education expenses
have been challenged in both the state and federal courts. However,
all the courts agree that a tax credit is NOT government funds. This
is not a "hand-out" from the government. It is simply recognition by
the government, that you deserve a tax break, since you are already
paying double for your schooling: you pay both for the public schools,
which you don't use, and your home education.

Therefore, your calls are needed now to convince Governor Doyle to
allow the $100 tax credit for homeschoolers to pass into law. Senator
Tom Reynolds, a homeschooler himself, is the author of this amendment
allowing the $100 tax credit. We are very thankful for his hard work
and success in passing the credit.

Please call the Governor as soon as possible since he will be
reviewing the budget passed by the Wisconsin legislature over the next
few weeks. If he hears from enough homeschool families appreciative of
this tax break, he may let it pass into law.


Action Requested:

Please call Governor Doyle and give him this message:

"Please sign the $100 tax credit for homeschool families in the budget
bill. It will empower parents to choose the best education for their
children."

Governor Doyle can be reached by phone at: (608) 266-1212 or email at:
http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/contact.asp. You can send letters to:

Office of Governor Doyle
State Capitol
115 East
Madison, WI 53702


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 some are
concerned about any effort to obtain benefits from the government.
Everyone agrees that vouchers (direct payments from the government to
private or homeschools) are unacceptable because of the controls and
loss of freedom that come with the money.

As an alternative, HSLDA recommends another vehicle: educational tax
credits. Parents and individuals who provide their 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 can be accomplished
through a tax credit.

Click on the link below for more information on HSLDA's view regarding
tax credits:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/EducationTaxCredit_State.asp

Some are concerned that this $100 tax credit will be required of all.
This is not the case. It is a voluntary tax credit. If a family wants
to save $100, they can. If they don't want to, they can still pay
their $100 tax to the government. In addition, no changes can be made
to the homeschool notice of intent form, unless a separate legislative
act is passed.

Like the homeschool law in Wisconsin, the $100 tax credit, will
require constant monitoring to make sure no conditions are added in
the future. HSLDA carefully watches the current homeschool laws across
the nation to make sure legislatures do not add regulatory burdens to
homeschool families.

Thank you for your support.


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel
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