IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 9, 2017
Mrs. Gillibrand (for herself and Mr. Paul) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an above-the-line deduction for child care expenses, and for other purposes.
Above-the-line deduction for child care expenses
Part VII of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—
by redesignating section 224 as section 225, and
by inserting after section 223 the following new section:
Child care deduction
Allowance of deduction
In the case of an individual for which there are 1 or more qualifying children with respect to such individual for the taxable year, there shall be allowed as a deduction an amount equal to the employment-related expenses paid by such individual during the taxable year.
The amount allowed as a deduction under subsection (a) with respect to the taxpayer for any taxable year shall not exceed—
$7,000, if there is 1 qualifying child with respect to the taxpayer for such taxable year, or
$14,000, if there are 2 or more qualifying children with respect to the taxpayer for such taxable year.
Adjustment for inflation
In the case of a taxable year beginning after 2017, each of the dollar amounts in paragraph (1) shall be increased by an amount equal to—
such dollar amount, multiplied by
the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) for the calendar year in which such taxable year begins, determined by substituting
calendar year 2016 for
calendar year 1992 in subparagraph (B) thereof.
Definitions and special rules
For purposes of this section—
The term qualifying child means a dependent of the taxpayer (as defined in section 152(a)(1))—
who has not attained age 13, or
who is physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself.
The term employment-related expenses has the meaning given such term by section 21(b)(2), applied as if the terms
qualifying child and
qualifying children, within the meaning of this section, were substituted for the terms
qualifying individual and
qualifying individuals, respectively.
Rules similar to the rules of paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (9), and (10) of section 21(e) shall apply.
Denial of double benefit
No deduction shall be allowed under this section for any expense with respect to which a credit is claimed by the taxpayer under section 21.
For coordination with a dependent care assistance program, see section 129(e)(7).
Deduction Allowed Above-the-Line
Subsection (a) of section 62 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after paragraph (21) the following new paragraph:
Child care deduction
The deduction allowed by section 224.
Subsection (e) of section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting
, or as a deduction under section 224, after
The table of sections for part VII of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking the item relating to section 224 and by inserting the following new items:
Sec. 224. Child care deduction.
Sec. 225. Cross reference.
The amendments made by this section shall apply to expenses paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016.