Homeschool IRS Changes Proposed by Vitter (Again)

Who is Senator David Vitter of Louisiana??  Why does he want to change the IRS code and Coverdell education savings accounts to allow home school education expenses, and for other purposes?  Are there Louisiana Homeschoolers lobbying for this?

I’ve been asking this question since June 13, 2008 when I wrote,Home School Opportunities Make Education Sound Act of 2008 and then again onAugust 24, 2008 in Push to change IRS code for homeschoolers continues.  I’m told that without sponsors or even with just a few sponsors,  this is highly unlikely to move forward, yet I’m still perplexed as to why Senator Vitter continues these attempts and who might be behind them.

Anyone have any ideas?

He introduced three more federal bills concerning about changes to the IRS involving  homeschoolers on January 6, 2008.  They are:

1. S.83 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the Coverdell education savings accounts to allow home school education expenses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

2. S.100 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax deduction for itemizers and nonitemizers for expenses relating to home schooling.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/6/20
09 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


3. S.101 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow expenses relating to all home schools to be qualified education expenses for purposes of a Coverdell education savings account.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

I’d rather home educators  be left out of any federal laws, but especially those that involved $$$$$$s that will most likely be attached to accountability measures, either now or in the future.

Comments

10 Responses to “Homeschool IRS Changes Proposed by Vitter (Again)”

  1. Rational Jenn on February 4th, 2009 10:42 am

    Thanks for calling this to my attention. I completely agree with you, that any federal involvement with home education, even if they are just trying to “help” us, is undesirable. It’s a slippery slope into regulation and control.

    I’ll be sure to keep an eye on these bills. Thanks again.

  2. admin on February 4th, 2009 10:49 am

    I think we need as many eyes on these situations as possible! Thank you, Jenn!

  3. Dawn on February 4th, 2009 1:10 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree. When money is concerned, control is soon to follow. Each state has their own laws regarding homeschooling. If the federal government gets involved, we could see a lot of additional regulations. A homeschool mom told me yesterday that she claimed her homeschool expenses on their taxes, and I am wondering HOW? To top it off, she’s involved in a charter program where they get money from the school district. It sounded like she was claiming deductions for money spent that wasn’t even hers. I’m baffled.

  4. admin on February 5th, 2009 11:51 am

    I’ve heard of folks doing that here as well and I wonder if they simply fly under the radar?

  5. Rational Jenn on February 5th, 2009 9:15 pm

    Hi! I’m trying to access the bills you’ve linked to, and I’m getting an error. Can you shed any light?

  6. Mary on February 5th, 2009 9:19 pm

    Sorry about that, I always forget that the THOMAS links often don’t work properly.

    Visit the main THOMAS site at http://thomas.loc.gov/ and then you can search either by bill phrase of bill number.

    Another THOMAS tip is they usually list homeschool as home school. If that doesn’t work, let me know.

  7. Rational Jenn on February 5th, 2009 9:24 pm

    I got it! Thanks so much! I’m working on a post and I’ll be linking back here. Appreciate your help.

  8. admin on February 5th, 2009 9:39 pm

    I’m so glad! I look forward to reading your post!

  9. Diane on April 13th, 2009 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much for keeping us busy moms informed of what is going on behind the scenes! So many of us become so involved with teaching our children that we forget to become informed ourselves! Yes, I would agree, that’s the last thing we want is for the government to get involved with our homeschooling freedoms.

    Thank you again.

  10. admin on April 18th, 2009 12:41 pm

    Thank you Diane!