Apr 12 2016
Last week, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced the Credit for Caring Act, which would provide up to a $3,000 nonrefundable tax credit to working family caregivers for qualified expenses.
Senator Ernst stated on a recent conference call with Iowa reporters, “As many Iowans take on the added financial responsibility of long-term care for their family members, this tax credit will help ease the difficulties they face, while providing their loved ones with quality care.”
According to AARP, there are an estimated 40 million family caregivers in the United States, and 317,000 in Iowa. Most of these caregivers spend approximately 18 hours per week providing critical support to a family member.
Click here to learn more about the Credit for Caring Act.
IN THE NEWS:
KCRG-TV: “Senator Joni Ernst has introduced a new bill that would provide tax credits to people who are caring for family members.”
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Radio Iowa: “Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is one of the sponsors of a bipartisan bill that would provide a tax credit for those who take care of aging parents, grandparents or other family members. ‘It’s time that we recognize the essential role these caregivers play in supporting aging relatives or family members with a long-term illnesses and disabilities,’ Ernst says… AARP supports the bill and says there are an estimated 317,000 family caregivers in Iowa who provide an estimated unpaid care worth more than $3.8 billion annually to their adult loved ones. Ernst says the credit would also phase out at higher income levels to ensure appropriate taxpayer protections are in place.”
WOI-TV: “Senator Joni Ernst is busy on the Hill today. She is working on bipartisan legislation along with Senators from Colorado, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. They’re trying to introduce a tax credit for family caregivers. It would give people who help their aging parents, grandparents, or extended family who are dealing with a long-term illness or disability a $3,000 nonrefundable tax credit.”
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KMALand: “‘The credit would be available to those working family caregivers who have incurred expenses greater than $2,000 while caring for a family member who has been certified to be in need of long-term care,’ Ernst said. ‘In particular, this credit would help cover the costs associated with caring for a family member such as home modifications to accommodate special needs, medication management, respite care and more.’ Ernst says the act ensures taxpayer protection.”
KWQC-TV: “Helping caregivers in the state of Iowa, Senator Joni Ernst introduced new legislation today called the Credit for Caring Act. It’s a bipartisan effort to provide tax credits to family caregivers who also work outside the home.”
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