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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 27, 2017 11:26 AM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Child Care Tax Credit
In the near future I will be introducing a piece of legislation to ease expensive child care costs for working Pennsylvanians. This legislation would implement a child care tax credit for those families who currently work, or are looking for employment.

In Pennsylvania, the current median household income is $55,173. The average cost to provide care for just one infant is $10,640, or roughly 19 percent of the median household income. If that infant has an older sibling, the cost jumps to approximately $18,711, more than a third of the median household income, to care for both of them. Having children is one of life’s greatest blessings. However, with many families needing both parents to work, child care has become a very expensive necessity.

This Pennsylvania tax credit would be 30 percent of the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and have the same qualifications. The qualifications are as follows:
  • having earned income,
  • a dependent child under the age of six,
  • paying for someone to provide care and the care provider is not someone you could claim as a dependent or spouse, and
  • child care is necessary so the parents could work, seek employment, or attend school.

My proposed legislation will help those working parents who are doing everything they can to make ends meet.

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this piece of legislation.