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Mich. legislation would give pregnancy tax break

Associated Press Modified: November 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — Parents who could show that a fetus was at least 12 weeks along at the end of a year would receive a tax break under legislation being considered by Michigan lawmakers.

The measures proposed by Republican lawmakers would treat a fetus the same as a child for purposes of a tax deduction. Rep. Jud Gilbert, of Algonac, one of the sponsors, said the legislation is an attempt to recognize that a pregnancy brings expenses. Parents would be able to claim the deduction if the fetus is at least 12 weeks old and the mother is receiving prenatal care.

The personal exemption is $3,950 for the 2013 tax year and $4,000 for the following year. The tax break could cost the state $5 million to $10 million a year in revenue, according to an analysis by the House Fiscal Agency.

Critics include some Democrats and the Michigan branch of the National Organization for Women, which said the legislation is an attempt to extend legal rights to the unborn.

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