Embryos can be listed as dependents on tax returns in Georgia

In a move following the dismissal of the landmark Roe v. Wade through the Supreme Court told the Georgia Treasury Department Monday that taxpayers can list embryos as dependent on tax returns.

In June, Georgia banned any abortion if a “detectable human heartbeat is rational” — a move that came after Governor Brian Kemp signed the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, or LIFE Act, into law in 2019. The LIFE Act “defines a ‘natural person’ as ‘any human being, including an unborn child’.”

“In light of the June 24, 2022 judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the judgment of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit dated July 20, 2022 in Sistersong v. Kemp, the Department will each unborn Child with a detectable human heartbeat … as eligible for exemption from Georgia individual income tax,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.

A heartbeat is usually detectable about six weeks into pregnancy. The department explained that appropriate medical documentation must be presented to justify the withdrawal of dependents.

“The taxpayer can claim a $3,000.00 dependent allowance for each unborn child,” the statement added.

Such laws raise many legal questions.

In July, a Texas woman claimed she was allowed to drive in the carpool lane because of her unborn child. She was pulled over and given a ticket because the police said they couldn’t comply. Embryos can be listed as dependents on tax returns in Georgia

Fry Electronics Team

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