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3/7/2007 3:49:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Calls Needed to Help Expand a Tax Credit

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March 7, 2007

Illinois: Calls Needed to Help Expand a Tax Credit

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Take advantage of a great opportunity to get some tax relief for your
family! Three bills which would expand tax credits for homeschoolers
will be heard in the House Revenue Committee tomorrow, March 8, 2007,
at 10 a.m.

Currently, Illinois law gives a $500 educational tax credit, but House
Bill 198 or House Bill 361 would expand the amount of the credit to
$1,000. The other bill, House Bill 1067, gives a $200 credit for a
taxpayer who has custody of a student with good school attendance.

Show your support by contacting members of the House Revenue Committee
by tomorrow morning, and asking for their support of these bills.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call all the members of the Revenue Committee and give them
this message:

"We are parents of school-age children who need tax relief. Please
vote for House Bills 198 and 361 which increase the maximum education
expense credit from $500 to $1,000. Also, H.B. 1067 will help parents
with students of good attendance. Thank you for supporting this
measure."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Chairperson, John E. Bradley, (217) 782-1051
Vice-Chairperson, Frank J. Mautino, (217) 782-0140
Republican Spokesperson, Bob Biggins, (217) 782-6578
Suzanne Bassi (217) 782-8026
Mark H. Beaubien, Jr. (217) 782-1517
Barbara Flynn Currie, (217) 782-8121
Gary Haning, (217) 782-8071
Brent Hassert, (217) 782-4179
Thomas Holbrook, (217) 782-0104
Jack McGuire, (217) 782-8090
Ed Sullivan, Jr. (217) 782-3696
Arthur L. Turner, (217) 782-8116

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--resources they do not use themselves--a
significant number of homeschool leaders are concerned about any
effort to get 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/docs/nche/000010/200308190.asp

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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