House endorses tax break for stillborn children

Mar 31, 2008 | Posted by: The Associated Press | Full story: The Associated Press

The families of stillborn children could get a one-time tax break under legislation given preliminary approval by the House.

The Department of Health and Senior Services estimates there are 458 fetal deaths per year in Missouri. Legislative staff say the tax deduction would remove about $33,000 per year from state coffers.

The current tax exemption for children is $2,100.

Republican House sponsor Doug Funderburk, of St. Peters, says the tax break could help with the grieving process. He says it would help those with lower-incomes the most because the tax deduction is a greater portion of their income. Read more

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Patrice

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Dec 16, 2009
 
Trust me when I tell you, you are not paying for my child and the out of wedlock whore you are referring to cannot get a tax credit if she doesn't pay taxes. So I don't know why you believe the government is giving something away. I could give a damn less about $2100, but I do want the same rights as everyone else who bore children the same year as I. You want to fight, fight the system, fight millions in Missouri who receive tax deductions for their children, poor or wealthy. Why are you choosing to battle 458 families, who just want their children to be recognized. Unless you've been there, you have no idea. My household makes over 100,000 dollars a year with no children. I pay more than my share of taxes. I'm not taking anything from you. I pay taxes all through the year, and then have to send more money in before April 1st. Tax credits are for those who work. So how are you paying for my child or anyone else who qualifies. Again, don't fight us who've been through so much. If you're angry about tax deductions for people who have children, start there. You just seem insensitive fighting 458 people who live in a state that has a population of 5.6 million. Your taxes bleeding heart does nothing for me, and I seriously doubt it does anything for any of the other qualifying parents. I want the same rights as every other parent. You can't call that unfair.
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Dec 22, 2009
 

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I think about my daughter every day. She was stillborn. I miss her very much.ďMr. I just donít get itĒ You obviously have never set up a nursery, painted walls pink, bought 1300 diapers, or put an empty car seat in the back of your car all in preparation for bringing Godís wonderful gift home. And when you get to the hospital and find out that your little one is not going to be coming home with you; but instead the next time you see her she is going to be in a coffin.
I am not asking for a hand out I just want my daughter to be recognized as a baby and not a miscarriage.
stealth

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Dec 22, 2009
 
bleeding heart wrote:
I am sorry for those who have lost children. The point being that no one should have to pay for anyone elses children whether they be living or not. I should not have to pay for your kids to go to school or pay for their day care either via taxes and you shouldn't have to pay for mine. I admit my comments probably were not taking the way I intended. But, like I said, we should not have to subsidize each other's families via taxes. It's the same for me to pay for your child credit as it is for me to pay for some whores out of wedlock children. I shouldn't have to and vice versa. We should all take care of ourselves. When tragedy strikes and the money is not there then we should rely on charity or our churches, not the irs by the force of a gun to steal money from each other.
Complain about something else! What about taxes for schools every year even though I have no children in school? What about welfare when I never have received welfare? When I worked my boss paid unemployment taxes on me but I never had the opportunity to draw unemployment compensation? You have no right to complain here!
Anonymous Mommy

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Jan 15, 2010
 
I'm a bit late chiming into the conversation, but wanted to anyway in case you all come back to read.

This past June our baby died. I was 9 months pregnant and it was a healthy pregnancy. Some haters like to say it was my choice to take a risk, but it wasn't a risky pregnancy. I've had a child before, am a good child-bearing age, did everything right (no smoking or drinking), went to every OB appt etc.
Due to an unpreventable cord accident, our sweet boy died suddenly and was officially "stillborn." But he was STILL born.

I support a one-time tax credit to families suffering a stillbirth. We paid and planned as much as if our child had lived. Had he taken ONE BREATH outside the womb we'd be claiming him as a dependent. Had he been born at 11:59pm (alive) on Dec 31st, we'd get to claim him for the entire year.

We have just as many expenses as everyone else who delivered a baby this year. Except we get no tax credit.

((hugs)) to all the moms and dads with babies in heaven. Don't let the haters get you down. They are just ignorant. What I wouldn't give to be "ignorant" again.
stealth

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Jan 15, 2010
 
Anonymous Mommy wrote:
I'm a bit late chiming into the conversation, but wanted to anyway in case you all come back to read.
This past June our baby died. I was 9 months pregnant and it was a healthy pregnancy. Some haters like to say it was my choice to take a risk, but it wasn't a risky pregnancy. I've had a child before, am a good child-bearing age, did everything right (no smoking or drinking), went to every OB appt etc.
Due to an unpreventable cord accident, our sweet boy died suddenly and was officially "stillborn." But he was STILL born.
I support a one-time tax credit to families suffering a stillbirth. We paid and planned as much as if our child had lived. Had he taken ONE BREATH outside the womb we'd be claiming him as a dependent. Had he been born at 11:59pm (alive) on Dec 31st, we'd get to claim him for the entire year.
We have just as many expenses as everyone else who delivered a baby this year. Except we get no tax credit.
((hugs)) to all the moms and dads with babies in heaven. Don't let the haters get you down. They are just ignorant. What I wouldn't give to be "ignorant" again.
I am 100% on your side.
Amazed at the insensitive

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#27
Nov 8, 2010
 
Wow ignorance, need i say more. You insensitive people that don't have a clue. As taxpayers for many years a one time entitlement, if this doesn't sound reasonable, you people have serious issues.
shalonda

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Dec 9, 2011
 
i just dont get it...i think u are really stupid to comment on something like this...u talking about YOUR MONEY BEING PAYED well what about us that make OUR OWN MONEY and go through things like this...we also work so i think thats the least we can get and even for women who dont work it should never b questions asked when it comes to children i bet some of us has paid 4 your kid b4...are we complaining??if u have to complain about something like that then i dont think u even deserve to b an american or even alive all these beautiful kids we talkin about could have had ur breathe some 1 worth living cause u sound like a piece of shit...i hope u never have to experience nothing like this because u r heartless and god will never approve of some 1 like u...thats like if a child dies at the age of 5 u shouldnt b able to claim them that yr cause their dead???i feel sorry for u and your kids cause your ignorance is gonna get yall nowhere fast...selfish ppl end up the ones in need in the end and i cant wait to ur time come and i hope i hear about it so i can say i told u so ass hole lol u dont deserve kids with that state of mind and u probably a sorry ass parent as well as a sorry ass person go read the bible or something and learn how to treat ppl u dont deserve life here with us and it kills me that some 1 like u is here breathing when these beautifull babys r not..REAL WASTE OF SPACE!!!!
Ivy

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Jan 9, 2012
 
I am shocked at the audacity of some people that commented on this article. Until you know the pain and hardship of laboring and delivering a stillborn child, you have no IDEA what it is like. A tax break, or any amount of actual money for that matter, ever stops the ache in your arms for the child you waited for. But you still pay your hospital bill. But in addition you get to struggle through planning a funeral for your baby when you had recently been planning your baby shower. If you haven't been there, zip it!
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Jan 15, 2012
 
I just do not get it wrote:
Why should anyone get a tax break for a still born. Tax breaks are to help offset some of the expenses of keeping a LIVING child alive and well. Missouri is so dumb when it comes to tax revenues - this is the exact reason why we never have enough money for things like roads & infrastructure. We're always pandering to the interests of the very few.
Have you had a stillborn to be able to judge this? If not then please do not say hateful things like this. Even though the child was stillborn, it was STILLBORN. There are plenty costs that come along with a stillborn that the family has to cover such as funeral, and medical bills etc.
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Jan 20, 2012
 
I can not belive how heartless people can be. I am only 20 years old and went through something NO person should every have to go through alomg with many of the people who posted on here. I am un married but that does not make me a whore. I prepared all of my sons thing bought everything i needed whitch costs alot of money and in the end had to pack up my sons things and take down the crib he was supposed to sleep in. i went to my OB apt hoping to be ready to have my child but instead there was no heart beat and i was induced that afternoon and was in labor for 36 hrs knowing i would not get to hear my son cry or see his eyes,he was 8lb 8oz and 21.5 in long and i held his lifless body in my arms. after i had him there were complications that put me in the hospital for a week and took me off work for 7 weeks. in that time i had no sourse of income and had to pay for a funeral and medical bills instead of diapers and wipes. it is unbielivable that anyone couldnt understand or have the sympathy for someone who has delt with the WORST thing that could ever happen to anyone.
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Feb 6, 2012
 
I do not understand why some people see things in such a black and white way. My tax dollars are used to subsidize families and people who are in need of a little help. Do I like that money gets taken out of my paycheck? Of course I don't, but if it is going to help people who need it then so be it. Why are people so greedy to not see how a little bit of humanity can go such a long way. Before I stumbled upon this forum I didn't understand why there would be a tax for a stillborn child, but that's why I researched it. I wanted to understand. To those of you who have lost a child from a miscarriage, a still birth or just a terrible situation, I'm sorry you had to go through that. It's one of my biggest fears, and I don't even have a child. I just don't understand why someone could be so cold about this. Is it other people's responsibility to take care of someone else's family or sad situations, no. But to ease the pain of a fellow human being and help the process of them burying their baby, I'd gladly give a portion of the taxes I pay to the cause. And to you bleeding heart, if you ever see this, I hope in the last few years you have grown as a person and see the selfishness in what you were saying. I don't hope you have had to go through anything so traumatic, but I do hope that with wiser eyes you can look at this situation and finally understand why this tax exists.
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Feb 3, 2013
 
To Bleeding Heart. I can only think you are bitter because you don't own a house, car nor anything else. If you do then you pay property taxes. Well guess what? You pay to help cover costs for schools and many other things in your area. I think you need to investigate where your sales tax dollars go and other local tax dollars you may be paying. If you play lottery then STOP now. That money goes to help others too and God forbid you do anything for your community. You heartless? Naw you just need to turn on the lights and get a clue. The way you talk about people is how you see yourself so I suggest you stop and look in the mirror before putting yourself down on the Internet again. Good luck finding a heart to bleed!!
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Jan 31, 2014
 
TNA wrote:
I actually had a stillborn baby last year. I was 5 mos. along and miscarried. This tax break is a good idea i think. It might help a little with what we paid for funeral costs, hospital stays, etc. Unless you have been through this, you don't understand what it costs to stay in the hospital for multiple days in a row, or bury a child, keep up the cemetary, etc. I don't think the money will help us get through the grievance process any easier, but it will definitely help the family who lost the baby cover expenses. We're still playing catch up from when I lost our son. I had to take a couple weeks off work, plus cover the expenses. Like I said, if you haven't been there, you don't get it!
How dare you judge this situation as I can see you have never experienced a loss of this magnitude. When my baby was stillborn at 34 weeks I missed alot of work and so did my husband (including the month before my son passed away inside of me as I was sick and unable to work). I have three other children and trying to keep up with the bills along with continuing to provide for my family while grieving the loss of our child was difficult to say the least, I think it was close to impossible! This tax break that we will receive for one year may help us get back on our feet and help us recover financially so that we can begin to heal emotionally! So please consider all other situations before judge, I will pray for you to have compassion!
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Jan 31, 2014
 
I just do not get it wrote:
Why should anyone get a tax break for a still born. Tax breaks are to help offset some of the expenses of keeping a LIVING child alive and well. Missouri is so dumb when it comes to tax revenues - this is the exact reason why we never have enough money for things like roads & infrastructure. We're always pandering to the interests of the very few.
How dare you judge this situation as I can see you have never experienced a loss of this magnitude. When my baby was stillborn at 34 weeks I missed alot of work and so did my husband (including the month before my son passed away inside of me as I was sick and unable to work). I have three other children and trying to keep up with the bills along with continuing to provide for my family while grieving the loss of our child was difficult to say the least, I think it was close to impossible! This tax break that we will receive for one year may help us get back on our feet and help us recover financially so that we can begin to heal emotionally! So please consider all other situations before judge, I will pray for you to have compassion!
momofangel

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Jan 31, 2014
 
momofangel wrote:
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How dare you judge this situation as I can see you have never experienced a loss of this magnitude. When my baby was stillborn at 34 weeks I missed alot of work and so did my husband (including the month before my son passed away inside of me as I was sick and unable to work). I have three other children and trying to keep up with the bills along with continuing to provide for my family while grieving the loss of our child was difficult to say the least, I think it was close to impossible! This tax break that we will receive for one year may help us get back on our feet and help us recover financially so that we can begin to heal emotionally! So please consider all other situations before judge, I will pray for you to have compassion!
Sorry that was meant for the comment above yours, I apologize!

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