Representative Doug Wozniak, Vice Chair of the Committee on Families, Children and Seniors voted on Wednesday for House Bill 4644, which amends the Michigan Income Tax Act by providing additional tax exemption under certain circumstances for a taxpayer who is pregnant.
Under current Michigan Law, taxpayers can only claim an exemption for each dependent child in their household. The new bill allows expecting parents an additional exemption if the mother is 12 weeks pregnant by December 31st and is under the care of a licensed physician. The taxpayer also must provide a medical statement and attach it to the annual tax return as proof.
“The bill assists families with the cost of prenatal care, which would greatly improve the health of both mothers and infants,” said Representative Wozniak. “Having a baby is a strenuous task and financially challenging. It’s past time to write this common-sense change into our law to aid families in the costs that begin to mount well before the birth of their child.”
House Bill 4644 will now move to the Michigan Senate for further consideration.
“The Constitution is the foundation of our American republic, serving as a source of inspiration for the pursuit of freedom and justice around the world. We should be thankful for the blessings of our forefathers to give us a form of government that has served us well for more than two centuries.
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On September 9, the Michigan House of Representatives commemorated the 20th anniversary of the deadly terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. We honored not only those killed by these attacks but also the service and dedication of all first responders from around our great state.
In a special way, the House honored the lives and memory of first responders who had passed away within the past year. It was my privilege to host Marsha Posavetz at the event to honor the life and memory of her husband, Fred Posavetz, who served as the Chief of Clinton Township Police for fourteen years before passing away due to COVID-19 on March 22, 2021.