Georgians can declare an embryo as a depending on tax returns

Georgia Department of Revenue said Monday that in-state residents can claim embryos with a “detectable human heartbeat” as dependents on their taxes.

He added that a fetus “with a detectable heartbeat” has been added to the definition of dependent, effective July 20, the date of 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling making it possible to ban all abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected by ultrasound.

The Supreme Court in late June reversed the Roe v. Wade established a constitutional right to abortion. Since that ruling, several states have moved to ban abortion.

Georgia’s own abortion law includes exceptions for rape and genital mutilation, as long as a police report is filed. It also allows for later abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk or a serious medical condition renders the fetus non-viable.

The Circuit Court’s July decision also redefined the provision of “personhood” throughout Georgia law to include an embryo or fetus at any stage of development.

The Georgia Department of Revenue also said taxpayers can claim an exemption of $3,000 per embryo starting July 20.

An exemption can be claimed if a taxpayer has an “unborn child (or children)” with a detectable heartbeat that could occur as early as six weeks of gestation.

“As with any other deduction claimed on an income tax return, relevant medical records or other supporting documents will be provided to support the dependent deduction claimed if requested by the Department,” the statement said.

Lauren Groh-Wargo, the campaign manager for Georgia Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, tweeted on Tuesday“So what happens when you claim your fetus as a dependent and if a miscarriage occurs later in the pregnancy, you are investigated for tax fraud and illegal abortion?”

Although Abrams did not refer to the statement from the Georgia Department of Revenue, she added in s tweet on Tuesday that abortion is a “medical decision between a woman and her doctor” and that Georgia should not be a state where “the governor decides to deny medical care to women”.

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