Measure would offer $200 tax deduction for growing families
State Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan to give growing families access to a new tax deduction was approved today by the Michigan House.
Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, said his legislation would offer a $202 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.
“The responsibility – and the costs – of having a child don’t wait until birth, they start the moment of pregnancy. Our tax law should reflect that,” Wakeman said. “This exemption will help offset the additional expenses that put pressure on growing families and promote access to timely prenatal care, which is invaluable to the health of mothers 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 Senate for further consideration.
State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, chair of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee, is spearheading a plan to offer better services to Michigan’s most vulnerable children by making changes to critical areas where Michigan’s adoption and foster care system is falling short.
Rep. Wakeman, whose House district includes Frankenmuth, says the legislation just approved by the House suspending the state’s gas tax for six months would have a positive impact on Michigan tourism, and holds up Frankenmuth and the Saginaw Bay regions as places that would benefit.