Indiana’s Private School/Homeschool Deduction program was enacted and launched in 2011. It allows parents to receive partial reimbursement for their schooling expenses. Learn more about the program’s details on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations and more.
Indiana provides a tax deduction for individuals who make educational expenditures on behalf of their dependent children.
The tax deduction is worth up to $1,000 per child.
Deductions are available for parents’ expenditures on either private schools or homeschooling for their children, including private school tuition, textbooks, fees, software, tutoring and supplies.
Indiana’s Private School/Homeschool Deduction program is a good example of providing increased opportunity to parents without unduly burdening participating providers. The legislation permits all families going to a private school or being homeschooled to receive a $1,000 state income tax deduction. However, the tax deduction does not, in a practical sense, provide for increased choice or opportunity. It is a very small amount when compared with the costs of private school tuition or time and curriculum required in the homeschool environment. The program does not place additional requirements on the private or homeschool groups, however. For this program to have a truly meaningful effect on families, the cap on the deduction would need to be increased dramatically. Moving closer to Wisconsin’s deduction funding cap would be a positive step in that direction.
Ind. Code § 6-3-2-22
No legal challenges have been filed against the tax deduction.