Georgia will have tax exemption for unborn babies

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Georgia will have tax exemption for unborn babies

Taxpayers in the state of Georgia will be able to claim a tax exemption of up to $3,000 for any unborn child with a detectable heartbeat.

The revenue department in the state of Georgia announced the decision on Monday saying it would “recognize any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat … as eligible for [an] individual income tax dependent exemption”.

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Taxpayers filing returns from 20 July are able to claim up to $3,000 for any unborn baby with a detectable heartbeat, which occurs at around six weeks gestation if not before.

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

In Georgia, it is possible to claim a tax exemption of $3,000 for any dependent, which usually means children. Georgia has recognised the right to life of the unborn child and treats them as a dependent in the same way as any other child.

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In June, the US Supreme Court struck down the Roe v Wade decision that previously legalised abortion across the United States in 1973.

The 6-3 decision in Dobbs v.s. Jackson Women’s Health Organization followed the early May leak of a draft opinion indicating that the Justices would overturn Roe v Wade.

Abortion law in the US was principally governed by both the 1973 Roe v Wade decision and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs Casey decision, which created a right to abortion out of the right to privacy. Both have been overturned by the decision in June.

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According to the New York Times, the right to life of unborn children is now recognised in at least ten states and another four have recognised that right after 6 weeks gestation. About half of all the states are expected to introduce abortion bans of one kind or another.

Georgia announces tax exemption for unborn babies  Right To Life UK

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