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Education Organizer’s Weekly Message
December 19, 2017
This week in the national education narrative…
Republicans have managed to use their conference committee to make their tax plan even worse for education. Bad additions to the bill give wealthy people more ways to lower their taxes by donating to private K-12 schools. One gives rich people a way to use their college savings accounts to pay for private and religious K-12 schools. Another enlarges a loophole that allows wealthy taxpayers to make a profit by donating to private K-12 school voucher programs. Specifically, the tax bill
· Allows individuals to use 529 savings accounts – currently reserved for college-related expenses – to also cover expenses at K-12 private schools, including religious schools. Over 30 states offer a tax deduction or credit for 529 plan contributions.
· Provides a way in 10 states – Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia –for increased numbers of wealthy taxpayers to turn a profit by making donations to private school voucher funds (or “scholarship granting organizations”). Under this new system, taxpayers donating to a voucher fund can write off the full donation on their state taxes and get a 37 percent deduction on that donation in federal taxes too. So a donation of $1 million to vouchers can yield a tax savings of $1.37 million – a 37% return on investment every year.
Framing the Debate
These new additions to the Republican tax bill provide a backdoor to funding school vouchers. Like vouchers, these policies redirect public money for educating all children to private schools, including religion-based schools. Diverting funds from public schools harms our children’s education because schools are forced to respond to the lost money by cutting staff and programs. Both changes are a give-away to the rich because high-income taxpayers are the main beneficiaries.
Making it Local
Hundreds of #TrumpTaxScam demonstrations and protests have been staged across the country, and fair tax activists are urging voters to call their representatives in Congress to tell them to vote no to this harmful legislation.