Rep. Meadows Sends Letter Urging Pro Family Provisions in Tax Reform 2.0

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Washington, September 7, 2018 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

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Rep. Meadows Sends Letter Urging Pro Family Provisions in Tax Reform 2.0

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), along with 30 other cosigners, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Kevin Brady (R-TX), urging House leadership to include pro-family provisions in Tax Reform 2.0.

Rep. Meadows’ letter urges leadership include H.R. 5006, the “Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act,” in Tax Reform 2.0. The bill would help parents better afford the cost of pregnancy and the cost to raise a child.                                                                                           

The tax code allows qualifying parents to receive up to $2,000 per child at the end of each tax year—a benefit which helps families manage the increasing costs of raising children. While the current tax code specifies that a child must meet six different qualifying factors for the family to receive this credit, H.R. 5006 seeks to expand the definition of “qualifying child” to allow an unborn child to qualify for the tax credit beginning in the year they are born and issued a Social Security number. If a child is not taken into account for the credit for the year immediately preceding the year of the child's birth, the bill doubles the amount of the credit allowed for the year of the birth.

Rep. Meadows released the following statement on the letter:

“It's simple: expectant mothers and fathers deserve the same financial assistance and tax credit benefits to begin planning for a new child as parents blessed with children already born. The work, care, and costs associated with motherhood begin long before a child is born, and this legislation gives moms and their families an opportunity for a better start.

I want to thank my colleagues who have joined our letter so far, and I look forward to working with them on getting these provisions passed so we can help extend much needed support to families.”

To read the full letter, click here.         

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