Income tax, state; home instruction and private school tax credit. (HB784)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patrons Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart), and Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Home instruction and private school tax credit. Creates an individual, nonrefundable income tax credit for taxable years 2022 through 2026, for amounts paid by the parent or legal guardian of a child for the child's home instruction expenses or tuition for attending an accredited private school in Virginia. The credit shall equal the lesser of the amount actually paid in the taxable year for such costs or half of the average state standards of quality funding per student per year. The credit may be taken for instruction-related materials, courses, or programs used in home instruction or for private school tuition. The credit is available for two years per child and can be carried forward for five taxable years. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/11/2022Committee
01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100728D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/2022Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/2022Impact statement from TAX (HB784)
01/24/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2022Left in Finance

Comments

BillTheThrill writes:

In faxco it's over $16,500 per child for k-12. Offering a small credit so kids opt out is good business!

Michael Albin writes:

Del. LaRock,

In this era of public-school chaos, it is critical that this bill be passed. Thank you for introducing it.
Michael Albin
FFX County Taxpayers Alliance

Lou Di Leonardo writes:

Long overdue! People homeschool because schools are often indoctrination centers that openly teach soft pornography but not phonics or math. Why should parents bear the financial burden caused by abuse of their tax dollars by bureaucrats? They shouldn't.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

"Public schools teach pornography but not math" demonstrates an astonishing level of Fox News brain poisoning, my dude.

Dee Martworthy writes:

I pay taxes like every other Virginian. I have no children. I believe public education is essential to the development of a well-rounded, completely informed and unbiased student base. Parents who wish to put their children in private schools have access to any number of grant programs and other financial incentives for such choice. Unless you introduce legislation which provides similar credits for people without children, this legislation in no way provides a robust education system. We pay taxes as part of a society. For schools, roads, police, fire departments. This bill discriminates against every child-free citizen of Virginia. Opposed.

Jennifer Moschella writes:

I fully support this bill!
While it has always been an option for parents to homeschool or send their children to private school, the time and/or cost of doing so is prohibitive for most families.
Now, more than ever it is nearly impossible for families to live on one income, allowing for a parent to stay home and educate the children. There are also more single parent households and families who, regardless of how many family members are working, cannot afford alternative options. In short, our children are held hostage by the public school system. Just like the electric and water utilities know you have nowhere else to go – the public education system may do what it wishes and have little to no recourse.
Each of us pay a considerable amount in taxes, which in part goes towards education. The average spent each year per child in Virginia public schools over $12,000. With just half that amount, a child can be almost fully funded in a private school. Half of that amount or less can fully fund three or more children in a complete homeschool curriculum. I know because I’ve done the research for my own family.
Choice and competition encourage innovation and excellence, monopolies do the opposite. Our public schools will only be made better by having to truly compete with private and home education options. Students will in turn benefit by having an education best suited for them chosen by their parents - regardless of socioeconomic status. It is time true freedom in education!

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