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2/17/2009 4:20:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Calls Needed To Support Increasing the Home Educators Tax Credit

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February 17, 2009

Illinois: Calls Needed To Support
Increasing the Home Educators Tax Credit

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Senate Bill 183, House Bill 643, and House Bill 1097 were introduced
by Senator Dan Cronin and referred to the Assignments Committee on
January 30, 2009. If S.B. 183 passes, it would increase the education
expense credit to 50% (instead of 25%) of qualified education
expenses. In addition, the bill increases the maximum amount of the
education expense credit that home educators can receive from $500 to
$1,000.

The same bill was filed in the House under House Bill 643, sponsored
by Representative Kevin McCarthy. Representative McCarthy also filed
the same legislation under House Bill 1097.

Your calls are needed to get these bills passed.

Action Requested:

1. Please call your representatives and give this message:

"Please vote for Senate Bill 183, House Bill 643, and House Bill 1097,
all of which increase the maximum education expense credit from $500
to $1,000. It will empower parents to choose the best education for
their children."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can call the legislative hotline at (217) 782-3944 and ask for
your senator and representative.

2. We urge homeschoolers to attend the hearing for H.B. 643 to voice
their support. The hearing is in the Revenue and Finance Committee and
is scheduled for February 20, at 8 a.m. in the Capitol Building, Room
122B.

3. We urge homeschoolers to also attend the hearing for S.B. 183 to
voice their support. The hearing is in the Revenue Committee on
February 19, at 2 p.m., in the Capitol Building, Room 400.

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/elink.asp?id=6143 .

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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