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Federal Legislation
February 3, 2015

S. 100—“Home School Opportunities Make Education Sound Act of 2015”

Summary:
S. 100 would open Coverdell Education Savings Accounts to homeschool families.

Status:
Introduced (1/7/2015)

Sponsor:
Sen. David Vitter (LA)

Co-sponsored:
Senators Chuck Grassley (IA), James Inhofe (OK), and Rob Portman (OH).

Bill Summary and Status S. 100.

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Background:
This legislation would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include homeschool expenses in Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA).

A Coverdell ESA is an investment tool for parents seeking to save money for their children’s education related expenses, such as tuition, books, and supplies. This type of account is advantageous because its interest and distributions (withdrawals) are tax-free.

The Coverdell ESA can be used to pay for a child’s eligible education expenses. Currently, eligible expenses only include public and private school expenses. This means that only homeschool students in states which define a homeschool a private school can use the Coverdell ESA for educational expenses.

S. 100 would open Coverdell ESA accounts to homeschool families by including homeschool expenses as an eligible educational expense.

 Other Resources

Visit HSLDA’s website on Education Savings Accounts.

IRS Information on Coverdell Accounts