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Issue: Family Caregiver Tax Credit

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AARP Virginia is asking lawmakers to give people who take care of their loved ones at home at home a tax break.

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Tell your legislator to support the Family Caregiver Tax Credit.



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Nearly one million Virginians are providing unpaid care to loved ones.

  • The economic value provided by Virginians caring for family members was $14.3 billion in 2021. Comparatively, Virginia’s total Medicaid spending for fiscal year 2021 was about $16 billion
  • Family caregivers are a vital part of our healthcare system, and save Virginia taxpayers massive amounts of money by keeping people out of long-term care facilities and in their communities
  • Family caregivers spend more than $7,200 per year — 26% of their income on average — on caregiving activities

    The Policy

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  • Create a nonrefundable income tax credit of up to $1,000 for Virginians caring for a loved one
  • Apply to eligible expenses incurred by an individual in caring for a family member, such as livability alterations to the person’s home, hiring a home care aide or equipment and technology that assists the family member in living their life
  • Provide badly-needed relief to hard-working Virginians caring for family members, the invisible backbone of our healthcare system
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