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Fixing the Child Care Penalty
American Magazine, by Alan D. Viard

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/14/2014 9:44:38 AM

Earlier this week, five senators, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), introduced S. 2565, the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act. The bill would take a big step towards neutral tax treatment of working single parents and two-earner couples by expanding the child care credit. Under basic tax policy principles, workers should be allowed to deduct the expenses of earning the income on which they are taxed. Child care meets the economic definition of a work-related expense — parents are less likely to work when child care becomes

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/14/2014 9:53:23 AM     (No. 9923562)

Its bad enough that I have to pay for their abortions at one end. Bear the burden of their grown children´s forgiven student loans at the other. Now I am expected to foot the bill for the care of their children in the middle. Will these five ´ladies´ please explain how we pay for all this?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/14/2014 10:00:29 AM     (No. 9923572)

To be sure, the tax code offers no relief for many expenses that may be work-related to some extent. For example, there is no credit or deduction for purchases of frozen dinners, although, for some families, part of their time spent cooking may replace time that would otherwise be spent at work.

Really stupid example. That situation could apply to single people, or a childless working couple - not just working families.

Alan must still live with his mother.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tsquare, 7/14/2014 10:12:53 AM     (No. 9923597)



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Reply 4 - Posted by: tsquare, 7/14/2014 10:16:43 AM     (No. 9923607)

It is bad tax policy. There is not a bright line for work related expenses...child care is just another carveout for a voting bloc. To those who say it helps raise employment, I would ask whether parenthood is more important, and especially at this time, do we really need more workers driving down wages?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Axeman, 7/14/2014 10:51:16 AM     (No. 9923682)

More complication. Get RID of the tax code. Fire the Taxstapo.
Flat Tax or Fair Tax.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 7/14/2014 11:25:03 AM     (No. 9923745)

Why is there even a need for this when Obamacare (which all of these fine senators voted for) solved everyone´s health care problems. Also, if Patty Murray is for it, it cannot be good.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: marthaville, 7/14/2014 3:03:47 PM     (No. 9924111)

This line of thinking opens many possibilities already settled by tax law. The worker must purchase clothes to wear to work (even those clothes that may be worn to go fishing). Then there is the cost of commuting to work. The list may not be endless, but the Congress long ago determined that many costs are considered personal in nature even though a cost of earning income.

Using the approach taken by these wealthy Democrat women, why not allow child care expenses to be deducted from income rather than receiving a tax credit. Apparently working parents do not have enough tax credits. After all, there is the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit in addition to the Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/14/2014 11:44:25 PM     (No. 9924729)

# 7 They need to fix the tax credits so that only American citizens can receive a refund. Imagine the refunds for next year.

Still waiting for the elderly refund.

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