Georgians can declare embryos as dependents on tax returns

Georgia Department of Revenue say second states that residents of the state can claim embryos with a “detectable human heartbeat” as their tax dependents.

It added that an embryo “with a detectable heartbeat” was added to the definition of dependent, effective July 20, the date of Judgment of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal This allows all abortions in the state to be banned after the ultrasound detects the fetal heartbeat.

The Supreme Court in late June overturned Roe’s decision to sue Wade for establishing the constitutional right to abortion. Since that ruling, several states have moved to ban abortion.

Georgia’s own abortion law includes exceptions for rape and incest, as long as there is a police report. It also allows for later abortion in case the mother’s life is at risk or a serious medical condition makes the fetus unviable.

The July Circuit Court decision also redefines the “individual status” provision throughout Georgia law to include embryos or fetuses at any stage of development.

The Georgia Department of Revenue statement adds that as of July 20, taxpayers can claim an exemption in the amount of $3,000 per embryo.

An exemption may be claimed if the taxpayer has a “fetus (or child)” with a detectable heartbeat that the statement says can occur as early as six weeks of gestation.

“Like any other deduction claimed on an income tax return, relevant medical records or other supporting documentation will be provided to support the claimed dependent deduction if the Department request,” the statement added.

Lauren Groh-Wargo, campaign manager for Democratic dominance candidate Stacey Abrams of Georgia, tweeted on Tuesday“So what happens when you claim your unborn child as a dependent and then miscarry during your pregnancy, you get investigated for both tax fraud and illegal abortion?”

While Abrams did not cite a statement from the Georgia Department of Revenue, she added in a tweet on Tuesday that abortion is “a medical decision between a woman and her doctor” and that Georgia should not be a state where “the governor makes the decision to deny a woman medical care.”

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