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7/21/2005 11:45:48 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Calls Still Needed to Support Tax Credit

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July 21, 2005

Wisconsin--Calls Still Needed to Support Tax Credit

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Governor Doyle still has not signed or vetoed the budget bill. He has
indicated that he will determine which parts of the bill will be
signed this Monday.

Your calls are needed to demonstrate your support for the homeschool
and private school tax credit.

We received several calls with questions and concerns about the tax
credit. Below are a few points which clarify the benefits of this tax
credit:

1. The tax credit is not mandatory. You are free to refuse it.

2. The families who decide to take the tax credit will simply check
a box on their state income tax form.

3. Each family that takes the tax credit will be able to keep $100
per child. Therefore, a family with seven children would be able to
lower their tax liability by $700 on the state income taxes they owe.

4. The Illinois, Arizona, and U.S. Supreme Courts, have all ruled
that tax credits are not government money. Credits are simply a
recognition that you do not have to pay as much in taxes.

5. Families who take this tax credit, nor any other family, will
have any additional questions to answer on the state home instruction
form. I have consulted with the Department of Public Instruction and
they have informed me that if this tax credit becomes law there will
be no changes. The legislature needs to pass a separate act before
regulations can be added to the home instruction law.

6. There are no "strings" attached to this tax credit. HSLDA will
always be vigilant and oppose any additional burdens for
homeschoolers.

7. This tax credit enables families to be better stewards of the
money they earn.

8. A tax credit in Wisconsin will help reduce the temptation for
homeschoolers to enroll their children in government home instruction
programs through virtual academies. These programs bring many
controls and the secularization of the homeschool program.

Action Requested:

We urge you to contact Governor Doyle's office 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:

For more information on tax credits and court cases, see our tax
credit memo at:

http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/EducationTaxCredit_State.asp

Previous e-lert on this subject:
http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/2005/07/20050711114707.asp


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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