Stillborn Child Tax Equity
HB 4522 - Rep. Mary Whiteford
HB 4522 was introduced by Rep. Mary Whiteford on April 25, 2017 and referred to the House Tax Policy Committee.
This bill will enable families that experience a stillbirth after 20 weeks to claim a child deduction on their state income taxes in the year of the stillbirth. This is intended to help families cover the costs of prenatal care or the funeral arrangements incurred. This cannot take away the grief for the loss of a child, however it can help ease the financial burdens of the stillbirth.
In 2006 Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law PA 319 which was the stillborn child tax credit. It allowed for a one time credit to be taken on the state income tax return for the year of the stillbirth. However, in 2011, Governor Snyder cut the tax credit along with a number of other credits in an effort to address Michigan's ecomonic downturn. HB 4522 differs from the original tax credit in that it allows for a one time deduction rather than a simple credit.