January 01, 2005
Happy New Tax Break!

I think this is the first article I've read about babies born at this time of year that talks about the tax advantages of December babies.

In the final days of 2004, Houston delivery rooms were filled with parents fawning over their new bundles of joy and counting the small bundles of cash they won't have to send to Uncle Sam in April.

By delivering before today, these parents qualify for a $1,000 federal income tax credit, and $3,100 of their earnings are exempt from taxes.

Most of the pre-Jan. 1 births resulted from good timing, doctors say. But some parents weren't bashful about asking for a little extra help in beating the deadline.

"There is some pressure exerted to try to have the baby before the end of the year ... to get the tax break," said Dr. Geoffrey Schnider.

Schnider said he's usually willing to accommodate, as long as it's safe.

"So-called 'social' inductions are done if the cervix is, quote, 'ripe,' but we never do it if there is any potential danger to the baby or mom," he said.

As a result, hospital maternity wards tend to get busier in the final days of the year, Schnider said.

"There is a flurry in the elective Caesarean sections," he said. "I think I have two patients left for this month, one who's on her way in right now."

There's no mention of the "First Baby" for 2005 anywhere. Maybe no one was willing to hold off until after midnight this time around.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 01, 2005 to Society and cultcha | TrackBack

I think babies born under these circumstances should have their tax breaks for 2004 revoked.

Posted by: Tim on January 1, 2005 12:00 PM

IRA contributions, charitable contributions, childbirth...hmmm, quite a checklist you've got there, said the CPA to the client.

Posted by: Linkmeister on January 1, 2005 4:49 PM

Happy New Year Chuck y Familia

Posted by: Chris on January 1, 2005 5:56 PM