CARLSON SAYS CELEBRATE FAMILY DAY WITH REAL HELP FOR FAMILIES
Monday – September 26 – is national Family Day, as designated by
presidential proclamation. Rather than the standard political
rhetoric, Howard Center President Allan Carlson is calling on
Washington to give meaning to the observance by giving serious
consideration to the Parents’ Tax Relief Act of 2005.
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legislation (HR 3080 and S 1305) recognizes the crucial contribution
of parents who choose to care for their children in the home.
3080 and S 1305 provide the following:
• A $250 per month
tax credit to families that make the financial and temporal
sacrifices required to care for preschoolers in the home, during
regular business hours.
• Increases the
personal exemption for dependent children to $5,000 (where it would
be if the exemption of the Tax Reform Act of 1948 had kept pace with
inflation) and makes permanent the current $1,000-per child tax
credit, as well as indexing it to inflation.
• Grants the
employment credit toward Social Security to parents who care for
children, full-time at home.
Says Carlson: “The Parents Tax Relief Act of 2005 recognizes the
value of parental care of small children. It also affirms marriage
as a public good and would restore recognition of the marital couple
as an economic partnership. Lastly, it would promote home businesses
– thus reducing energy consumption entailed in long commutes.”
Ronald Reagan put the case for a family-centric tax code eloquently
when he remarked: “The family is the bedrock of our nation; but it
is also the engine that gives our country life….It is the power of
the family that holds the nation together, that gives America her
conscience, and that serves as the cradle of our country’s soul.”
president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society,
Carlson is the organizer of the World Congress of Families and
author of “Fractured Generations: Crafting a Family Policy for
Twenty-First Century America” (Transaction, 2005) and was appointed
by President Ronald Reagan to be a member of The National Commission
on Children in 1988.
Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an independent,
non-profit research and education center that strives to be the
leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and
defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally. The
Howard Center is also the founder and organizer of the World
Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who
recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and
coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more the 60
For more information, visit the following
www.profam.org. Or contact Larry Jacobs
at the World Congress of Families (800) 461-3113.