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4 Things New Parents Need to Know About Taxes

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Babies and taxesBecoming a parent is one of the biggest transformations you'll ever go through. As you consider nursery-room renovations, midnight feedings, diaper changes, and the other challenges of parenthood, probably the last thing on your mind is the impact that having children can have on your income taxes.

Fortunately, when it comes to taxes, the news for parents is generally good.

Here's a brief look at some of the ways that having children can help you save on your tax return.




Motley Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has enjoyed the tax and other benefits of his daughter for seven years. You can follow him on Twitter here.


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ilm9p

Responsible adults typically have two or three children while the dirty animals on welfare sire seven or eight. Reson for the difference, the scum on welfare get it all paid for by the rest of us. The more they sire the more we pay. While responsible adults have to pay for their children, the scum on welfare get everything for free.

June 18 2012 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Setanta

how silly and awkward !
simply apply for an earned income tax CREDIT the exact same way the ILLEGALS do and CLAIM YOUR DEPENDENTS AND GET A CHECK.
do you think YOU'LL HAVE TO PROVE ANYTHING ? LOL !

June 18 2012 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply