Only 2 Weeks Left toTell Legislative Leaders: Pass the Family Caregiver Tax Credit!

Caregiver

The average family caregiver spends almost $7,000 a year out-of-pocket to help care for their loved ones, which amounts, on average, to 20% of their total income.  

The Family Caregiver Tax Credit (House Bill 3911) would reimburse family members for a portion of what they spend caring for adult family members who need assistance with activities of daily living. The language was originally filed as a bill by the late Representative Chris Walsh of Framingham.  His commitment to supporting family caregivers was critical to the passage of the CARE Act in 2016 and it continued during this legislative session with financial support for family caregivers through a tax credit.  

Use the form below to send a message that will go to four legislators who will be key in the decision to move the Family Caregiver Tax Credit to a vote: Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Senate President Harriet Chandler, and Ways and Means Chairs Jeff Sanchez and Karen Spilka.  Let them know that Massachusetts needs to help family caregivers who are struggling to keep thier loved ones cared for at home. 

Additionally, if you are willing to make a phone call to one of the leaders in the House, it could help highlight this important legislation. 

Please call Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo at 617.722.2500

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Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Jeffrey Sanchez at 617.722.2990. 

Use the message to the right as a script and urge them to pass House Bill 3911, The Family Caregiver Tax Credit!

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to request action on H.3911 the Family Caregiver Tax Credit.

A recent study by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that the average family caregiver spends almost $7,000 a year out-of-pocket to help care for their loved ones, which amounts to, on average, 20% of their total income. This out-of-pocket spending helps keep people living in their homes and communities, rather than in expensive nursing homes.

The Family Caregiver Tax Credit would reimburse family members for a portion of qualified expenses related to caring for adult family members who need assistance with activities of daily living, up to a cap of $1,500.






The care provided by the over 844,000 caregivers in Massachusetts helps prevent nursing home admissions, and allows residents of the Commonwealth to age in their homes and communities. Please support family caregivers by moving H.3911 to a vote and passing this important legislation.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]