Tax Credit for Stay at Home Moms?

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Oklahoma lawmakers in the House of Representatives are proposing a tax credit to benefit stay-at-home moms. The theory behind the proposal is that because the state offers a dependent care credit for costs incurred for child care expenses outside the home, stay-at-home moms should be given a similar credit for their work. This proposal brings up issues of discrimination (what about stay at home dads, grandparents?) and perhaps an even larger debate about whether or not the tax code should be used as a mechanism to promote family values. For a provocative article on this issue click here.

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