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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.”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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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