New bill implements tax credit to assist family caregivers

Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 6:18 PM EST
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New legislation could help people who've had to to cut hours at work or quit a job to take care of a family member.

The Maine Center for Economic Policy estimates 181,000 Mainers provide unpaid family caregiving each year.

It could be for a grandparent with dementia or a spouse after major surgery.

Bill sponsors say these caregivers should compensated with a refundable income-tax credit of up to $2,000.

Rep. Kristen Cloutier, sponsor of the bill says, "That goes to folks who are making under $75,000 as an individual or $150,000 as a married couple. Targeting those folks that are moderate to low income that are having a hard time making ends meet."

A similar bill failed to pass in 2017.