State Rep. Rodney Wakeman testifies before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee in support of his plan to offer growing families access to a new tax deduction.
Measure would offer $210 tax deduction for growing families
State Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan to give growing families access to a new tax deduction was approved by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.
Wakeman, who chairs the committee, said his plan would offer a $210 state income tax exemption for mothers who are at least 12 weeks pregnant by the end of the tax year and under the care and observation of a physician.
“Pregnant women and their families incur additional expenses during a pregnancy,” said Wakeman, of Saginaw Township. “The savings from this exemption would help offset those expenses and incentivize timely prenatal care – which has been proven to lead to healthier outcomes for moms and babies.”
To receive the tax exemption, expectant mothers would have to provide a note from their doctor verifying their eligibility. A family would not be allowed to claim both a pregnancy deduction and child deduction in the same year for the same child. Wakeman’s measure, House Bill 4644, now advances to the full House for further consideration.
“I hear people’s concerns and remain focused on common-sense reforms that have broad support,” Wakeman said. “These changes will ensure best practices are followed in future elections and help restore faith that our processes are safe and secure.”
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