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...and speaking of stay-at-home Moms...

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Apr 13, 2012

Today I’m sending in my tax returns, so it goes without saying that I’m in a bad mood.

Do you realize that you can deduct child-care expenses--unless you care for your own children. And you can deduct education expenses--unless you educate your children at home? If you drop your toddler off at the day-care center, the cost is a deductible expense. But you can’t pay yourself, and you can’t deduct the expenses you run up keeping your child out of that day-care center. If you’re a schoolteacher, you can deduct miscellaneous expenses incurred on the job. But if you’re a home-schooler, you can’t. In other words, Moms can’t be paid, and can’t even deduct out-of-pocket spending, for doing the work that other people are paid to do.

And you wonder why a liberal Democrat might think that a Mom “never worked a day in her life.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Apr. 15, 2012 2:00 PM ET USA

    Again, interesting. Jesus did in fact have the sense to take "economic advice" from a stay-at-home-mon..., no doubt the price of wine went down in Capernaum that year.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 14, 2012 2:41 PM ET USA

    @Saint Jimbob! Wish we had your sense when we were your age.

  • Posted by: Saint Jimbob of the Apokalypse - Apr. 13, 2012 11:56 AM ET USA

    Why the bad mood? I chuckled as I did my taxes; 40K AGI + 4 kids = $5k+ as a handout from the Federal Gov't. Yeah, it's more like a payday loan from China, but it'll pay the kids' tuition @ our Catholic school. I have to also give a shout-out to my lovely wife, who even though I don't make a lot, was willing to make all the sacrifices needed to nurse and mother our children, giving a true dignity to the oft-slighted vocation of "homemaker". It wouldn't be a home without her uncompensated labors

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