Ohio Senator Proposes Property Tax Credit

Ohio Watchdog‘s Maggie Thurber reports Senate sponsor Kris Jordan presented a state bill in May – SB 127  – offering “property tax reduction for parents of home- schooled children.”  From the Watchdog:

Since the beginning of the home-schooling trend, parents have noted that they pay double to educate their children — once for the education they’re providing at home and again in the property and other taxes they pay to the local school district for public education.

It might be noted, but the fact doesn’t necessarily mean all homeschoolers support the slippery slope of tax credits.  But the Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEOgovernment liasion said the “group supports the idea of a property tax reduction, but has some concerns about how the language is constructed.”  One can’t help but ask whether Senator Jordan was a lone wolf presenting a bill without backup, as it’s reported CHEO has concerns that Virginia-based HSLDA is addressing with the Ohio Senator.

“We’re working with Sen. Jordan and the Home School Legal Defense Association to address those concerns and expect that there will be some willingness to make changes to ensure there are no unintended consequences,” she said.

The child-less taxpayers could also claim “double taxation”, with no retrieved benefits from the property tax designated for public schools.  Homeschoolers would be claiming an advantage over those citizens with a property tax reduction.

The bill sits in the Ohio Senate’s Ways and Means Committee with one sponsor.

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers offers food for thought in their article:  Homeschool Tax Credits: Pros and Cons

From Virginia’s Milan Kobulnicky’s pros argument:

Every family in Virginia, regardless of income, ethnic background and teaching abilities, should be given at least the financial tools to allow them to be successful outside of public education if that is their choice. One cannot dismiss the costs of forgoing a second income, as many of Virginia’s families need two incomes to make ends meet.

Why should homeschool families have to pay twice (taxes and homeschool costs) and get nothing in return for their taxes? We all support public libraries with tax dollars, and even though we maintain libraries at home, the public library does not punitively exclude us if we go to check out a book. Likewise we support public roads and state parks and forests, we are not excluded from those public services even if we choose to do something on our own. But with rare exception the public education system does exclude homeschoolers from partaking of tax finances programs and services. For that reason alone tax credits are appropriate.

Oklahoma’s US Representative Cole also has a bill idling in the Ways & Means Committee.

Editorial –  Homeschool Tax Credits  By National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) Executive Director Deborah Stevenson

Recently an article appeared in the New York Times alleging that the “new Republicans” in Congress have as “one of their priorities” a “new federal rule: to give parents in every state tax credits if their children are home-schooled.”  Tax credits for homeschoolers – sounds like a good idea, right?  Wrong.  Why?  It’s unConstitutional and will grant new powers to the federal government it never had before – to define the term “homeschool”, to regulate it, and then to expand the federal government by adding new employees to enforce those regulations. Is that really what you, the “new Republicans” in Congress want to do? I hope not.  Is that really what you have the authority to do?  No, not at all.

Don’t be duped.  The suggestion that the federal government should give homeschoolers a tax credit is not a new idea.  It is the brainchild of a putative homeschool “friendly” organization, (HSLDA – Homeschool Legal Defense Association), that has been tossed around for a number of years like a bad penny.  It may sound like a good idea, but it is a bad idea – a very bad idea – and it is totally unConstitutional.

Cross-posted at Home Education Magazine News & Commentary

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