H. R. 5963
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 19, 2012
Mr. Cole introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for 1 year the deduction for expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers and to allow such deduction with respect to home school expenses.
This Act may be cited as the
Home School Equity Act for Tax Relief
Congress finds the following:
Over 1.5 million children, or about 3 percent of school-aged children, are home schooled in the United States each year according to U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
The number of home schooled children is increasing every year.
Many home schooling families spend thousands of dollars on books, supplies, and other teaching materials.
The median amount of money spent annually on educational materials is about $400 to $599 per home-educated student.
Home schooled students have almost identical achievement statistics as students who are products of the public school system.
Home schooled students perform at continually higher levels on nationalized tests like the ACT and SAT.
Home schooling families are typically larger than the average United States family with 3 or more children.
In many communities, home schooling is the only alternative to failing public schools.
Home schooled students perform at exceptionally high levels regardless of level of regulation, family income, and style of home schooling.
Home schoolers are allowed a tax deduction for school supply expenses in the States where home schools are treated as private schools, but are not allowed this deduction in States where home schools are given a different designation.
Modification of deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers
Subparagraph (D) of section 62(a)(2) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking
or 2011 and
2011, or 2012.
Home schools included
Subparagraph (B) of section 62(d)(1) of such Code is amended—
The term and inserting the
For purposes of this paragraph—
by adding at the end the following new clause:
The term school includes any home school which provides elementary or secondary education if such school is treated as a home school or private school under State law.
The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2011.