April 4, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Tuition Tax Credits for Arizona Religious Schools

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona taxpayers can receive tax credits for their donations to provide scholarships at schools that are either religious or secular. The case is Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Kathleen M. Winn. This case involved a challenge to an Arizona school choice law that provides dollar-for-dollar tax credits to taxpayers who make contributions to independent organizations, which in turn grant scholarships to students attending private schools. Liberty Counsel filed an Amicus Brief in this case.

The money coming to these organizations is from the voluntary donations of tax-paying citizens of Arizona, not from the government. Each organization within the program outlines which schools qualify for scholarships. The donor chooses which organization to support and can donate up to $500 per year to this program. The Plaintiffs complained that the program violated the Establishment Clause because voluntary donations to secular schools were lower than donations to religious ones so that religious schools were placed at an advantage. 

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