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1/25/2008 5:24:18 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Calls Needed Now to Help Pass a $1000 Tax Credit for Homeschoolers

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January 25, 2008

Colorado--Calls Needed Now to Help Pass
a $1000 Tax Credit for Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

How would you like to save up to $1,000 on your property tax? If you
are interested in this, please take a moment and call members of the
House Finance Committee to pass Rep. Kevin Lundberg's tax credit bill,
H.B. 1081. Kevin Lundberg is a homeschool dad who has drafted a piece
of legislation which would benefit all students.

H.B. 1081is called a bill for an act Concerning Tax Credits to Support
Education in the State. This bill creates three property tax credits.
(1) A credit for tuition payments to an independent or parochial
school or homeschool educational expenses for a student who previously
attended a public school; (2) a credit for contributions to a
non-profit school tuition organization that provides scholarships; and
(3) a credit for tuition payments and expenses for an independent or
parochial school or homeschool expenses that do not require a student
to previously attend public school.

This means that there is a tax credit for everyone. It is important to
realize that tax credits are not government money--it is merely an
acknowledgement that the taxpayer can keep his hard-earned income and
not pay much on his property taxes.

This bill will be heard in the House Finance Committee on Wednesday,
January 30. The meeting is scheduled for morning committee upon recess
of the general session.

REQUESTED ACTION:

Please call and give the following message to members of the House
Finance Committee:

"We are parents of school-aged children who need tax relief. Please
support House Bill 1081, which will provide tax credits for tuition
and educational expenses to help families educating their children."

Members of the House Finance Committee:

Chair: Joel Judd, 303-866-2925, joeljudd@aol.com
Vice-Chair: Debbie Benefield, 303-866-2950,
debbie.benefield.house@state.co.us
Alice Borodkin, 303-866-2910, aliceb321@aol.com
Douglas Bruce, 303-866-5525
K. Jerry Frangas, 303-866-2954, kjerry.frangas.house@state.co.us
Michael Garcia, 303-866-3911, michael@michaelgarcia.info
John Kefalas, 303-866-4569, john.kefalas.house@state.co.us
James Kerr, 303-866-2939, james.kerr.house@state.co.us
Jeanne Labuda, 303-866-2966, jeanne.labuda.house@state.co.us
Kent Lambert, 303-866-2937, kent.lambert.house@state.co.us

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 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,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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