BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A tax break for parents who send their children to private schools is being expanded.
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill Monday.
The income tax deduction had been capped at 50 percent of the money spent on education, up to $5,000 per child. The expansion by Democratic Sen. Rob Marionneaux removes the 50 percent cap, meaning parents can get reimbursed the full costs up to a maximum of $5,000 per child.
The change begins for the 2011 income tax year, at a cost of $5.3 million annually.
The deduction applies to tuition for private and parochial schools and to expenses for uniforms, school supplies and study materials for primary and secondary school students. Home-schooling expenses are also eligible.
Senate Bill 13 can be found at www.legis.state.la.us
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