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Louisiana now gives bigger tax break for private school tuition

By: - July 6, 2023 3:33 pm
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A private school tuition tax break Louisiana families can claim will increase from $5,000 to $6,000 per student per year under a law that Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed.

House Bill 32, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Schlegel, R-Metairie, allows taxpayers to deduct up to $6,000 for tuition and fees from their total taxable income beginning in 2024. This is the first time the credit has increased since its creation in 2008. 

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The tax deductions can also be used for educational expenses, such as the costs of textbooks and lesson plans for home-schooled children and fees charged by public schools. However, those expenses only account for a small portion of the credits.

The deductions currently cost the state roughly $22 million per year, and the new law will increase that amount to roughly $24.2 million, according to the bill’s fiscal note. Most of the deductions are for private school tuition, while home-schooled and public school children average less than $100 per claim, according to the fiscal note.

The state already gives a dollar-for-dollar tax credit to wealthy people and corporations who divert money into school tuition organizations (STOs), which are supposed to provide private school vouchers to low-income families. Only about 1% of eligible students participate in the program.


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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi.