A few more details on the Family Act of 2011 -- discussed in our earlier post. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Family Act of 2011 as a proposal that would aim to help couples suffering from infertility still have the family of their dreams. The bill could help 7.3 million couples in the US who, according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, are suffering from infertility. The act stipulates that:
- People would be able to claim the tax credit if they have been diagnosed as infertile by a licensed physician and if the indicated course of treatment is to undergo IVF care.
- Eligible treatments would include medical procedures, laboratory procedures, professional charges, and other necessary costs for a patient undergoing IVF care.
- The maximum credit amount for eligible taxpayers would be $13,360.
- The credit would fully available to taxpayers that have an adjusted gross income of less than $182,500, and maximum credit amounts would gradually taper off until $222,520, at which point individuals would not longer qualify for the credit.
- A 50/50 cost share stipulated in the credit allows eligible taxpayers to claim the credit for up to one half of their expenses -- meaning that treatment costs would have to exceed $26,720 (2 x the maximum credit of $13,360) in order to receive the full amount. If treatment is only $20,000, for example, then the maximum credit that can be claimed would be $10,000.
Whether or not you've had to battle with infertility, if you would like to see this bill become a law, you can let your representative know with a simple email form from Resolve -- accessed here: https://secure2.convio.net/res/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page;=UserAction&id;=351