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Proposed Bill Would Give Tax Breaks For Fetuses

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Two Michigan lawmakers have proposed bills that would give prospective parents tax breaks for their unborn children.

The bills, proposed by State Representatives Lisa Lyons (R-Alto) and Jud Gilbert (R-Algonac), would let people claim deductions for a fetus that is at least 12 weeks of gestation before the last day of the tax year by considering them "dependents."

The age of the fetus would need to be determined by a doctor.

The exemption is set at $3,950 for 2013 and $4,000 in 2014. A fiscal analysis of the bill estimates it would cost the state between $5 and $10 million a year.

The sponsors of the bill say they're trying to help prospective parents save some money ahead of the child being born.

But the bill was criticized by a liberal group who says Republicans cut tax credits for "living, breathing children" last year.

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