Tax Credit Extensions Sought For Maternity Homes and Pregnancy Resource Centers

Right now Missouri taxpayers may claim a state income tax credit when they make a donation to a maternity home or pregnancy resource center. But those tax credits will end soon if the Missouri General Assembly does not reauthorize the programs.

State Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) has introduced legislation (HB 1288) to reauthorize both the maternity home and the pregnancy resource center tax credits. Both credits are popular with legislators because of the help they provide to women facing crisis pregnancies.

Legislators charged with drafting the new state budget tend to like the two credits because they are modest in scope. Both are capped, allowing no more than $2 million in credits to be claimed in total by taxpayers in any one year.

Despite their popularity, however, smooth sailing is not assured. Although the maternity home and pregnancy resource center credits are modest, other tax credits, like those for low-income housing and historic preservation, put a big dent in state revenue. 

The Missouri Catholic Conference, Campaign Life and Missouri Right to Life will have their hands full ensuring legislators make distinctions between the high-priced tax credits and other modest credits like the ones for maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers. Stay tuned for more.