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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Michigan bill proposes tax breaks for 12-week-old fetuses

Parents would be able to claim a fetus for a break of about $160

From the piece:

Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation that would let parents claim a tax deduction for fetuses, extending them the same benefits as children.

House bills 5684 and 5685 would amend the state's tax code to include fetuses that have completed at least 12 weeks gestation as of the last day of the tax year as "dependents." Doing so would allow the fetus' tax-paying parents-to-be to save an estimated $160 on their taxes. Critics of the bill, which had its first hearing in the House Tax Policy Committee on Nov. 20, say that such a law is just another way to make it harder for women in Michigan to get abortions.

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