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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren among sponsors of newly introduced bill to provide tax credits for caregivers
By Douglas Flynn / April 12, 2016

Tax Day is fast approaching. A new bill introduced by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, fellow Democrat Michael Bennett (Colorado) and Republicans Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire) won't help this year, but could help ease some of the financial burden on caregivers in future years if it is passed.

The Credit for Caring Act, which was officially introduced in the Senate last Thursday, would provide up to a $3,000 nonrefundable tax credit to working family caregivers for qualified expenses.

Senator Warren's press release noted that the bill "recognizes the essential role that family caregivers play in supporting aging parents or grandparents, and family members with a long-term illness or disability. Importantly, these caregivers help folks needing care stay in their homes, rather than entering a nursing or long-term care facility."

The tax credit would help alleviate some of the out of pocket expenses that caregivers often take on and would provide some relief for the added costs caregivers incur, such as travel costs for transporting a loved one, home modifications to accommodate a family member's special needs, medication management services, and more.

"More than 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to a friend or relative with a long-term illness or medical condition, often juggling this work with other obligations and spending a great deal of money providing this care," said Senator Warren. "This modest tax credit will make life a little easier for the hardworking Americans who do the often-unacknowledged but powerfully important work of taking care of their loved ones in need."

The Credit for Caring Act is the companion to H.R. 4708 introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) in March.

Warren's press release broke down some of the key details about the Credit for Caring Act:
• Creates up to a $3,000 nonrefundable tax credit adjusted to inflation for family caregivers
• Applies to incurred family caregiving expenses greater than $2,000
• Qualified care recipients must have been certified by a health care practitioner to be in need of long-term care for at least 180 consecutive days
• Eligibility is limited to a caregiver of a qualified care recipient who must pay for caregiving expenses and has earned income in excess of $7,500
• Credit is phased out when income exceeds $150,000 for joint filers or $75,000 for individual filers

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