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January 8, 2010

Le Mars Daily Sentinel Corrects “Homeschool Tax Credit” Blooper

On December 29, the Le Mars Daily Sentinel ran an article titled “Senator fears program, tax credit cuts loom to balance budget,” which discussed tax credits that might be eliminated to help the state budget and included the statement:

“For example, teachers and parents who homeschool children receive tax credits.”

If this were true, it might have been a nice Christmas present. But alas, there is no such tax credit in Iowa. And eliminating a non-existent tax credit probably won’t help balance Iowa’s budget.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff faxed a letter to the editor pointing out the error and the likely source of confusion—a private school tax credit in Iowa Code 422.12.2 that has nothing to do with homeschooling.

The Daily Sentinel promptly called back. They removed the error and replaced it with the correct information about the private school tax credit Woodruff had provided.