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Home school tax deductions

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:54 am
by douglisa
Could you please tell me if home schoolers are allowed any tax deductions?
For instance, can I take him to a museum and have it deducted from taxes? How about books and materials?
TIA, Lisa

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:59 am
by Lily
No, no, and no.

Sorry! :D

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:45 pm
by mamaholly
Total bummer! My DH looked for quite a while trying to find a way..... he was so disappointed

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:30 pm
by Lily
Look at it this way, with allowing the government to mess with the financial aspect of hs'ing, you're giving them more control. The more you get from them, the more you (and the rest of us) end up giving in return.

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:40 pm
by douglisa
I just wondered if I should be saving my reciepts, hoping I could keep them from taking more of our hard earned than they need to.

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:00 pm
by Theodore
The only way to get financial aid from the state for homeschooling is through a charter school or some such program. However, the state then gets to control what sorts of curriculums and materials you use, and from the homeschooler standpoint, charter schools are just an extension of the public school system.

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:30 am
by Jill
I agree it's a bummer, but I agree more with Lily...

Lily wrote:Look at it this way, with allowing the government to mess with the financial aspect of hs'ing, you're giving them more control. The more you get from them, the more you (and the rest of us) end up giving in return.

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:10 am
by seekingmyLord
Theodore wrote:The only way to get financial aid from the state for homeschooling is through a charter school or some such program. However, the state then gets to control what sorts of curriculums and materials you use, and from the homeschooler standpoint, charter schools are just an extension of the public school system.

Amen to that!

Last year was the first year we had a charter school, Georgia Virtual Academy (GVA), offered, which uses K12. Many people, who wanted to get there feet wet with homeschooling, started with GVA, but quite a number of them either quit midstream or did not do it this year and began homeschooling. Why? Because you have to jump through so many hoops with GVA. The oversight was too much for most people. On the other hand, to homeschool, Georgians only need to send a letter of intent and monthly attendance records. (GA is the only state that requires monthly reporting and although it is ridiculous, it only takes a few minutes each month to do it.)

I am not willing to trade off keeping more money in my pocket for giving the state more control over my curriculum.