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New Federal Bill Could Allow Tax Deduction for Surrogacy Expenses, Remove Discrimination Against LGBTQ Tax Payers
The proposed Equal Access to Reproductive Care Act brings hope for greater equality in the IRS regulations to LGBTQ families and single parents, a goal Men Having Babies has long sought as part of the organization’s advocacy for Fertility Equality.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Men Having Babies (MHB) applauds the filing of the Equal Access to Reproductive Care Act by Representative Schiff (D-Burbank) and Representative Chu (D-Monterey Park). The bill will allow people to deduct assisted reproductive care, including surrogacy, as a medical expense on their tax returns, without having to demonstrate a medical/physical infertility.
The proposed bill is an outcome of the work of a coalition of organizations, including Men Having Babies, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights), COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders) and Family Equality, among others. These organizations came together to help pass a bill to reform IRS regulations which prohibit tax deductions or credits for medical expenses associated with surrogacy. MHB’s valuable contribution to the coalition’s work included the ability to share the unique points of view of prospective parents, particularly those struggling with surrogacy costs. This effort is part of MHB’s advocacy initiatives to remove financial barriers for parenting, in addition to legal ones, a cause which we refer to as Fertility Equality.