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3/18/2009 5:16:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Proposal Regarding Tax Credit May Affect Homeschoolers

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March 18, 2009

Minnesota--Proposal Regarding Tax Credit May Affect Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

House File 1782 was introduced by Representative Ann Lenczewski on
March16, and was referred to the Taxes Committee. If passed, H.F. 1782
would repeal the educational tax credit and deduction sections of
Minnesota law as well as some other tax credit and deductions.

HSLDA supports tax credits because 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.
With this money parents have greater freedom in choosing how and where
their children are educated. It also helps reduce overcrowded public
school class sizes. Minnesota's current education tax credit has been
an important part of recognizing the importance of education, and
homeschoolers have benefitted from the credit, along with all
Minnesotans.

While H.F. 1782 repeals Minnesota's current tax credit and deduction,
it also adds a "child credit" provision. This provision allows parents
to receive credit against their assessed taxes of up to $200 per
child. Thus, depending upon your family income and educational
expenses, this new proposal could actually be more beneficial than
Minnesota's current tax credit law. However, the credit does phase
out depending on income, so at a certain level of income, depending on
how many children a family has, there would be no tax credit. This
legislation would affect homeschoolers, and it may reduce the amount
of tax benefit to some.

HSLDA is working closely with MACHE and is tracking H.F. 1782. Please
stay tuned for further updates. You can follow the status of this bill
and other legislation affecting homeschooling in Minnesota at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/MN/default.asp

Thank you for your support of homeschool freedom!

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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