Louisiana families could receive a tax break for COVID-19 tutors


    The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing a tax break for families that hired tutors to help their students with virtual schooling supplied by a public or accredited private school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tutor would have to have been hired between March 13 and Dec. 31, 2020.

    The tax break would not apply to tutoring and proctor services offered by an immediate family member — such as a parent or grandparent — of a student. The tutor would also have to be a high school graduate or at least 18 years old. 

    The maximum amount that could be deducted from a person’s taxes would be $300, according to a fiscal analysis. It’s not clear how much money the state would lose if the tax break goes into effect.

    The Louisiana Senate and House have already passed their own versions of the bill, but are expected to reach a compromise on a final version in the next week. Gov. John Bel Edwards also needs to approve the legislation. Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge sponsored the bill.