Embryos may be listed as dependents on tax returns, Georgia guidelines | Georgia

Georgia taxpayers can now list embryos as dependents on their tax returns.

In a news release on MondayThe Georgia department of revenue said it would begin to recognize “any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat … as an eligible child for [an] individual income tax dependent exemption”.

The announcement follows the supreme court’s June 24 ruling that overturned the landmark Roe v Wade ruling that established the national right to abortion nearly 50 years earlier. A lower federal appeals court also decided on July 20 to allow the Georgia law that bans most abortions in the state to go into effect.

Officials also said that taxpayers filing returns from July 20 onwards can claim a deduction of up to $3,000 for any fetus whose heartbeat could be detected. That “could happen as early as six weeks’ gestation”, before most women know they are pregnant, the statement said.

Taxpayers must be prepared to provide “relevant medical records or other supporting documents … if requested by the [revenue] department”.

Legal analysts and abortion rights advocates greeted the announcement with dismay and skepticism.

Anthony Michael Kreis, a Georgia State University law professor and political scientist, tweeted that some pregnancies detected within six weeks of conception “were the result of natural miscarriages”, which could the Georgia treasury would “leave a lot of cash out for a pregnancy that would never come. to term”.

And given how high the percentage of pregnancies that result in natural miscarriages, the treasury is going to be handing out a lot of cash for pregnancies that would never come to term. (That might be good public health policy though it may be a lot more money than anticipated.)

— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) August 1, 2022


And because of how high the percentage of pregnancies that lead to natural miscarriages, the treasury will be giving out a lot of money for pregnancies that would never come. (That might be good public health policy even though it might cost a lot more money than expected.)

— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) August 1, 2022

Lauren Groh-Wargo, Stacey Abrams’ campaign manager for Georgia governor, tweeted: “So what happens when you claim your fetus as a dependent and if a miscarriage occurs later in the pregnancy, you both get investigated. [possible] tax fraud and illegal abortion?”

The Georgia revenue department’s announcement Monday came less than a month after a pregnant woman in Texas argument in mind to the police that her unborn child should be counted as an additional passenger on receiving a traffic ticket for driving alone in a high occupancy lane – or HOV. The woman did not talk about the ticket but said she plans to go to court to try her argument there.

More than half of America’s states have banned abortion or are expected to ban it after the supreme court returned abortion regulation to the state level. Prohibitions like Georgia’s they forced patients seeking abortions to travel hundreds of miles from homesometimes putting themselves, their friends, their families and abortion rights organizations in legal jeopardy as some states try to criminalize helping people end a pregnancy.

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