State Rep. Rodney Wakeman today introduced a plan to allow expecting parents to claim an income tax exemption for their soon-to-be newborns.
The plan would extend Michigan’s existing exemption for children to fetuses of at least 12 weeks at the end of the tax year.
“Expecting parents are faced with additional expenses and our tax law should reflect that reality,” said Wakeman, of Saginaw Township. “I don’t consider this a new tax exemption – just a logical extension of the exemption for children that Michigan already allows. This change would help incentivize prenatal care and offset the costs of welcoming a newborn into the world.”
Wakeman’s measure, House Bill 4644, has been referred to the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee for consideration.
Rep. Wakeman says legislation announced on Thursday to protect Michigan’s seniors from elder abuse will focus on reforms impacting conservators and guardians. The plan stems from the 2019 report of the state’s Elder Abuse Task Force.
Rep. Wakeman talks about passage Tuesday by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee of his legislation that 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.