|Date Requested:January 16, 2012
Time Requested:05:22 PM
| FUND(S) |
General Revenue Fund
Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
| The stated purpose of this bill is to provide a two-tiered personal income tax credit to parents or legal guardians who provide home or private education for their children. The tax credit will be effective upon the completion of a school year and available at a rate per child of $1,000 for home schooling and $2,000 for private schooling.
Passage of this bill would result in a General Revenue Fund decline of approximately $32.2 million per year, beginning in FY2014. Due to the lack of an internal effective date, this bill would not become effective until the 2013 tax year.
There would be no additional administrative costs to the State Tax Department.
|Effect of Proposal||Fiscal Year|
|1. Estmated Total Cost||0||0||0|
|Repairs and Alterations||0||0||0|
|2. Estimated Total Revenues||0||0||-32,200,000|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
This bill would provide a tax credit to parents or guardians who enroll children in private schools or provide home schooling for their children. The tax credit would be $2,000 per child in private school and $1,000 per child in home school. State tax revenue would be reduced by approximately $32.2 million per year. There were 12,602 children enrolled in either a church school or private school during the 2010-2011 school year. There were an additional 7,015 children enrolled in a home school program. Due to lack of an internal effective date, this change would first occur in Tax Year 2013.
If all returns are accepted as filed, there would be no additional administrative costs to the State Tax Department.
| The stated purpose of this bill is to provide a two-tiered personal income tax credit to parents or legal guardians who provide home or private, primary or secondary education for their children. The tax credit will be effective upon the completion of a school year and available at a rate per child of $1000 for home schooling and $2,000 for private schooling.
There is no requirement that the parent or guardian is required to provide all of the expenses for the home or private schooling; all that is required is that the schooling be provided. In the case of divorced parents, each may assist in providing the required schooling and then each may be able to take the credit. The bill also uses the terms “home schooling” and “private schooling” without providing definitions. Finally, the bill has no provision stating the schooling take place in West Virginia. Separated or divorced parents could receive the credit for schooling in other states while they reside in West Virginia.