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Capitol Hill Watch Alert

Back to School Tax Relief Act of 2002 (H.R. 5193)

The House Of Representatives is expected to vote on the Back to School Tax Relief Act of 2002 (H.R. 5193) ( Full text of legislation) as early as Thursday, September 12, 2002. The measure would allow families to claim an above-the-line deduction of up to $3,000 for qualified educational expenses at public, private, religious or home schools for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.  Tuition, fees, academic tutoring, special needs services, books, supplies, uniforms, transportation, and expenses for the purchase of computer technology and equipment would be included as qualified educational expenses. To families with incomes of $20,000 or less ($40,000 or less for married couples) the deduction would be available.  Under current law, an above-the-line deduction for higher education exists.

What Can You Do?

Urge your representative to Support the Back to School Tax Relief Act of 2002 (H.R. 5193).

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