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Senate Health Bill Raises Taxes on Families of Special Needs Children

Written by John Kartch - Americans for Tax Reform

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- There are 18 separate tax hikes in the Reid-Obama healthcare bill.  One of them caps the amount that can be deferred in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) at $2500 per year (a similar provision was included in the Pelosi-Obama health bill and written about by Congressman Cathy McMorris-Rogers, R-Was., for National Review Online).  There is currently no limit to how much can be saved, though all monies must be used by the end of the year. 

Employers may put a cap in place for their employees, but this would put a cap in federal tax law for the first time.  According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), 30 million American families use an FSA.

 

You can include in medical expenses fees you pay on a doctor's recommendation for a child's tutoring by a teacher who is specially trained and qualified to work with children who have learning disabilities caused by mental or physical impairments, including nervous system disorders.

You can include in medical expenses the cost (tuition, meals, and lodging) of attending a school that furnishes special education to help a child to overcome learning disabilities. A doctor must recommend that the child attend the school. Overcoming the learning disabilities must be a principal reason for attending the school, and any ordinary education received must be incidental to the special education provided. Special education include teaching Braille to a visually impaired person; teaching lip reading to a hearing-impaired person, or giving remedial language training to correct a condition caused by a birth defect.

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Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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