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2/9/2006 5:35:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Tax Credit for Home Education Expenses

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February 9, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

How would you like to receive up to a $3,500 tax credit per child
against your New York State taxes? There are two bills in the New York
Legislature which would enable a parent to take a tax credit of up to
$3,500 per child for expenses they have incurred for the education of
their children.

Homeschool parents in New York would be able claim a tax credit for
the cost of any textbooks, instructional materials, software, or
equipment for core subject areas. Additionally, parents would be able
to include expenses for special education evaluation services and
programs.

The state and federal courts around the country have unanimously ruled
that tax credits are not governmental subsidies. This tax credit makes
is possible for you to keep more of your money and have a lower tax
bill. A recent news report indicated that Governor Pataki supports
education tax credits.

A rally in support of Senate Bill 1939 and Assembly Bill 8203 will be
held in Albany at noon on February 14 on the East Capitol steps. The
more people that are able to come for the rally the more likely the
bill will pass. If you are not able to make it to Albany please call
and/or email the committee members listed below and urge them to
support these tax credit bills.


Action Requested:

1) Please call and/or email the Senate Investigations and Government
Operations Committee Members listed below and give them this message:

"Please support Senate Bill 1939. This bill will benefit parents and
children as well as promote education in New York. Parents deserve a
tax break for educational expenses."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschool parent; instead you can
simply identify yourself as a taxpaying parent concerned about
education.

Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee Members

Chairman
Senator Nick Spano
Phone: (518) 455-2231
Email: spano@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Martin J. Golden
Phone: (518) 455-2730
Email: golden@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Jeff Klein
Phone: (518) 455-3595
Email: jdklein@senate.state.ny.us

Senator John J. Marchi
Phone: (518) 455-3215
Email: marchi@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Raymond A. Meier
Phone: (518) 455-3334
Email: meier@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Eric T. Schneiderman
Phone: (518) 455-2041
Email: schneide@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Dean G. Skelos
Phone: (518) 455-3171
Email: skelos@senate.state.ny.us

Senator William T. Stachowski
Phone: (518) 455-2426
Email: stachows@senate.state.ny.us

2) Please call and/or email your Assemblyman and give them this
message:

"Please support Assembly Bill 8203. This bill will benefit parents and
children as well as promote education in New York. Parents deserve a
tax break for educational expenses."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschool parent; instead you can
simply identify yourself as a taxpaying parent concerned about
education.

To find your state Representative use our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . The toolbox will give you a local
telephone number to call your Representative and email address if they
have one.
3) Please come to Albany for the Tax Credit Rally scheduled for
February 14 at noon on the East Capitol steps. For parking information
and directions see http://assembly.state.ny.us/directions/


Background:

Several states have enacted education tax credit laws geared toward
helping low income families, combating poor quality of public
education, and helping students with learning disabilities.

Senate Bill 1939 and Assembly Bill 8203 would enable families to
receive a credit for educational expenses for textbooks, curriculum
materials, software, even special education services from their New
York state income taxes. Under these bills a family making less than
$40,000 would be able to deduct up to $3,500 per child. A family
making less than $60,000 could deduct up to $3,200 per child, up to
$2,900 per child for families making less than $80,000 and up to
$2,600 per child for families making less than $100,000.

Families making more than $100,000 a year would be gradually phased
into the tax credit schedule. Starting in 2007 the maximum family
income limit would have to be less than $110,000 and they could deduct
up to $2,300 per child. Until 2011 the maximum amount a family could
earn and still take advantage of the tax credit would go up by $10,000
a year while the credit would be reduced by $300 per child for each
succeeding new limit.

For more information about tax credits in general please see our memo
at http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200504150.asp .


If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in New York please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp . Join or renew online between now
and March 18 and you can save up to an additional $30 off membership.

Sincerely,


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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