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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 25, 2019 04:03 PM
From: Representative Patrick J. Harkins
To: All House members
Subject: State Income Tax Credit for Parent(s) who Experience a Stillbirth
In Pennsylvania, there are approximately 1000 stillbirths each year. Experiencing a stillbirth is a devastating event for any person or family. People who endure this tragedy also experience considerable financial costs for funeral services, grief counseling, medical expenses and related expenses incurred preparing for the birth of a child.

In order to offer some relief, financially, I am proposing a tax credit in the amount of $2,000 for parent(s) whose pregnancy results in a stillbirth. The tax credit would be available to the parent(s) for any birth which a certificate of fetal death or certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth has been issued by the Department of Health, provided the child would have been a dependent of the parent(s). The tax credit would be applicable to the taxable year in which the stillbirth occurred.

The Commonwealth offers a myriad of tax credits for various reasons. I think this tax credit is a worthy addition. Please join me in sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1694