A federal appeals court has ruled a Jewish couple can’t claim tuition paid to their children’s religious schools as a tax deduction.


A federal appeals court has ruled a Jewish couple can’t claim tuition paid to their children’s religious schools as a tax deduction.

Michael and Marla Sklar of Los Angeles had attempted to claim the tuition payments for their five children as a charitable contribution to a religious organization.

But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision in rejecting that claim. The court ruled the couple paid only for their children’s education and had not shown that any of the tuition was used by the schools as a gift.

“We are pleased that the IRS’s denial of the Sklars’ claimed deductions was upheld by the Tax Court and the Ninth Circuit,” said Nathan Hochman, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s tax division. “While taxpayers may choose to enroll their children in religious schools, the Tax Code should not subsidize this choice.”