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Sklar v. Commissioner
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
282 F.3d 610 (9th Cir. 2002)
Michael and Marla Sklar (plaintiffs) paid tuition for their children’s education at a private religious school. Without explanation or proof, the Sklars claimed that 45 percent of the tuition was for a secular component equivalent to the value of secular education in a public school, and that the other 55 percent was for a religious component. The Sklars claimed a charitable-contribution tax deduction under § 170 of the federal tax code for the religious component of the tuition. The commissioner of internal revenue (commissioner) (defendant) disallowed the deduction. The Sklars filed a petition challenging the disallowance, and the tax court ruled for the commissioner. The Sklars appealed again.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Reinhardt, J.)
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