A mother caring for her drug addicted son. A husband, caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s. A daughter, caring for her elderly parents. Some four million New Yorkers spend billions of unpaid hours helping their family members.
Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D-138 District) has introduced a bill that would authorize home caregivers to have an income tax credit on their state returns. Bronson says caregivers with ailing family at home run up costs that add up quickly.
“So by offering a tax credit, we’re putting the money back into the caregiver’s pockets,” he says.
Bronson says the high price tags on everyday responsibilities take away from the caregiver providing for the rest of the family. “They expend (on average) upwards of seven thousand dollars a year in their own personal money to help the person they are caring for.”