Grieving Parents Could Find Support In Stillborn Bill

A bill in the New York State Legislature would provide tax relief to parents grieving the loss of a stillborn child.

Bill S.3709-Mayer/A.7468-Buchwald, the Stillborn Child Tax Credit Bill, would provide the parents of a stillborn child with a one-time refundable tax credit of $2,000. The bill memorandum states that the bill’s purpose is “to provide recognition of the loss and compensation for the costs associated with a stillbirth.” The bill memorandum further notes that the parents of stillborn children may face unanticipated expenses.

The amount of the proposed credit is the same as the amount of the child tax credit provided to parents whose children are born alive; the only difference is that parents of living children may continue to receive a $2,000 tax credit each year, whereas the parents of stillborn children would receive the proposed credit only once. Parents would be eligible for the credit if a certificate of stillbirth was issued pursuant to the Public Health Law.

Parents grieving the loss of a stillborn child should not suffer the additional burden of financial difficulties. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms urges the passage of the Stillborn Child Tax Credit Bill.