Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Action Alert: HB 1230 Tax Credits for Family Caregivers

As the state affiliate of Family Voices, we are a grassroots advocacy organization supporting  families raising children with special health care needs.

We share the following bill that has been introduced and might be of interest to our members:

HB 1230 Tax Credits for Family Caregivers
Authored by Indiana Representative Sharon Negele

Provides a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by a taxpayer to: (1) make an improvement or alteration to the taxpayer's residence; or (2) purchase or lease equipment; that is necessary to assist an eligible family member (an elderly lineal ancestor) in carrying out one or more activities of daily living. Provides that the taxpayer claiming the credit must have a federal adjusted gross income of less than $40,000 and that the eligible family member must: (1) have the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer; (2) have federal adjusted gross income of less than $30,000; and (3) not be receiving long term care services under certain programs. Specifies that the amount of the credit is equal to 50% of the eligible expenses incurred by the taxpayer during the taxable year. Provides that the maximum credit amount is $500. Specifies that a taxpayer is not entitled to a refund, carryback, or carryforward of any credit.

This type of legislation could be very helpful to families caring for children who have disabilities and special health care needs.  Please consider contacting your State Representative and State Senator, and Representative Negele, to share your support of this bill; and to ask that it include children who have disabilities and special health care needs as eligible family members. 

If you need additional resources or support, feel free to contact us 317 944 8982 info@fvindiana.org

You can find your state legislator and contact information here: http://district.iga.in.gov/DistrictLookup/

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