House Passes Three Emotion-charged Bills
Missing Children Tax Fairness Act of 2000
(Read the bill via the Library of Congress)
Passed by a roll call vote of 419-0
Purpose: Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the allowance of the child credit, the deduction for personal exemptions, and the earned income credit for missing children.
The bill is offered in response to an earlier IRS ruling that taxpayers could not claim deductions for missing or kidnapped children after the year in which the child was kidnapped or reported missing.
The issue came up when a taxpayer, and parent of child missing for over a year, asked the IRS if the child could be claimed as a deduction. The taxpayer argued that the missing child's room was being maintained and money was being spent in efforts to find the child. The IRS denied the deduction, telling the taxpayer, "We (the IRS) assume your child is dead." This greatly disturbed Members of Congress. Although the IRS earlier this month reversed its stand and allowed the deduction, sponsors of this bill felt its passage is needed to clarify the tax laws in this area.
Bill Status: Not yet considered by Senate
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