‘Expectant mothers and fathers deserve the same financial assistance and tax credit benefits…as parents blessed with children already born…’
(Ana Michaels, Liberty Headlines) A bill introduced this week by members of the House and Senate would expand the Child Tax credit to families of expecting mothers.
Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Luke Messer (R-IN) teamed up with Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and James Lankford (R-OK) to introduced the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act.
“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,” Rep. Meadows said in a press release.
An unborn child qualifies for the tax credit if they are born and issued a social security number before the due date for the return of tax for the year.
The bill also states that if the child misses the cut off, the parents can take double credit on the child on their following year’s taxes.
The bill’s effective date would be retroactive to December 31, 2017.
The Child Tax Credit bill piggybacks on the provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to support families and pregnant mothers with costs that come with caring for an unborn child and defraying expenses once the child is born.
“This is about putting more money into the pockets of pregnant moms,” said Daines, who is the lead sponsor of the bill.
“Whether they are stocking up on diapers or taking time off work for their child’s prenatal care, pregnant mothers begin to provide for their child and plan for the future as soon as they hear the good news. All mothers and all children deserve the same attention under the law. My bill recognizes this and will bring fairness to pregnant mothers as they grow their families,” Daines said.
Other sponsors of the bill chimed in.
“Pregnancy is an exciting time for moms as they prepare for the arrival of their little one, but it also means new expenditures,” said Ernst. “By extending the Child Tax Credit to expecting mothers, we can help alleviate some of the financial stress so they can focus on preparing to welcome their newborn to the world.”
“Parenting costs don’t just begin after a baby is born. As anyone with children knows, expecting parents have many expenses to prepare for the arrival of their newborn,” said Lankford. “It makes sense to expand the Child Tax Credit to cover the costs of that child whether they are incurred before or after birth. I hope it is brought for a vote in Congress – it is an easy way to help families who are planning for the care of a newborn baby.”