Education Tax Breaks

Education tax credits are an emerging area of research for ITEP. In 2016, ITEP released a noteworthy report that examined how states are subverting public will and, in some cases, their state constitutions by funneling public money to private and parochial schools via controversial and generous tax credits. A surprising finding was that in at least nine states, these tax credits are so incredibly generous that upper-income taxpayers can turn a profit. Because public, taxpayer dollars remain critical for high quality public education, ITEP continues to explore the effect education tax credits are having on state budgets and public school funding.