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H.R. 7208 (115th): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the child tax credit with respect to stillbirths.

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Every parent in America is eligible for a tax credit for their child — even a child who dies within minutes after birth. So what about for a child who dies during birth, or minutes before?


About 24,000 children are born stillborn each year in the U.S., meaning they’re dead from the time of birth. That represents about 1% of U.S. births each year.

Fortunately, that numbers has plummeted in recent decades, although any number above zero is still too high.

Any parent can claim the federal Child Tax Credit on their taxes, which is currently worth $2,000 per child under age 17. However, that tax credit does not apply to stillborn children.

At least seven states, and not all red states, have added a ...

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Morgan Griffith

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 9th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2018
Length: 3 pages
Nov 30, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 30, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Nov 30, 2018

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H.R. 7208 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7208. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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