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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2017 11:37 AM
From: Representative Carolyn T. Comitta
To: All House members
Subject: Family Childcare Tax Deduction
Currently, one of the greatest financial burdens on our working families is the rising cost of child care. A disproportionate amount of annual income goes to childcare, leaving these families struggling to make ends meet.

That is why in the near future I plan to introduce legislation that will provide a childcare tax deduction from the state income tax. My simple proposal is a dollar for dollar tax deduction up to $10,000 annually to help offset the cost of child care. While this deduction will not eliminate the cost of childcare, it will be a step toward helping families meet their financial obligations and possibly even save for higher education and retirement.

According to a survey conducted by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning at the Department of Human Services, the median cost of day care for an infant is $210 per week. We can, and should, do more to help working families get ahead. I believe a tax deduction for childcare is one thing we can do to help.

Please join me in introducing this legislation to help our commonwealth’s working families.

Introduced as HB2035