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November 10, 2014

Tax Credit Approved with HSLDA Help


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Wisconsin. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

After a north-central Wisconsin homeschool family claimed the earned income tax credit on their tax return, the state Department of Revenue asked about their children’s education. The Department sent a questionnaire asking the family (among other things) to provide a statement—on the school’s letterhead—stating the date the child began attending school. It said that “school report cards and attendance records are not acceptable.”

The family asked HSLDA for help. Since homeschooling is not a “school” under Wisconsin law, Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff recommended that the family send this response: “The child did not attend a school. The child was in a home-based private educational program. For more information, contact Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Home School Legal Defense Association.”

The Department accepted this statement and ultimately okayed the family’s tax credit.

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