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Why isn't there a HS tax deduction??
February 9, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Just a little rant...

I pay my local/state/federal taxes. Why is there no deduction for homeschool expenses? Or private school for that matter? Why do I have to spend 7.5% of my income to deduct medical expenses (for instance, private insurance premiums not paid for by employer... and therefore not paid pre-tax).

end rant. :/


  • mem82
    by mem82
    February 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I wouldn't mind a small one but they'd just make us jump through hoops to get it.

  • kirbymom
    February 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    There isn't one because then the public would not be able to benefit from it. 

  • Jinx-Troublex3
    February 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM
    The public schools are strugglingalready...If they subtracted fund for those that don't use their services they would be bankrupt.
  • amandae21
    February 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Being able to deduct HS/private school expenses would be different than only those who use PS pay for it. Individual income taxes don't support the school anyway. Most school money comes from local/state taxes (property, state income tax etc).

    I just think if educators can deduct their expenses for teaching kids, why can't I deduct my expenses for teaching mine? No one funds homeschool other than the parents/family. The money spent on education shouldn't be counted toward taxable income. That's what a deduction is... something that subtracts from your taxable income. So if I deducted $500 for HS supplies, my taxable income would go down. Sounds like small change but for those who itemize (me) every dollar helps.

    Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

    The public schools are strugglingalready...If they subtracted fund for those that don't use their services they would be bankrupt.

  • WantedNameTaken
    February 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    We have to pay into the public schools where I live through taxes whether we have kids in public schools or not.  However, public schools don't get additional funds from the state for kids who are homeschooled or private-schooled - as it should be.  Rhetorically, why would they get money for kids who aren't in the system?

    It sure would be nice to get an education deduction - and that doesn't have to come with any more strings than other deductions that lower taxable income (camp, medical, general, daycare, etc.).  If all I had to do was save and submit my receipts as proof of purchase in the unlikely event of an audit, it wouldn't be a problem.  We already save meaningful receipts.  Educational expenses would just warrant another folder.

  • Christine0813
    February 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM

     I don't want one. That just means more control on what we should do as home-schoolers. No thank you!

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