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Jan 31, 2024
AARP Applauds Introduction of the Credit for Caring Act, Much-Needed Relief for Family Caregivers
Bill to Provide Up to $5,000 Tax Credit for Family Caregivers Stretched to the Limit

En español | WASHINGTON—Today AARP applauds the reintroduction of the Credit for Caring Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide up to a $5,000 nonrefundable federal tax credit for working family caregivers who routinely cut back on their own health care or dip into their savings each year. 


The bill would help offset a portion of the cost of caregiving expenses such as home care aides, adult day care, home modifications, assistive technology, respite care, transportation, or other supports that help caregivers and their loved ones. It was introduced in the Senate by Senators Bennet (D-CO) and Capito (R-WV) and in the House by Representatives Carey (R-OH) and Sánchez (D-CA). Senators Warren (D-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hassan (D-NH), and Murkowski (R-AK) are original co-sponsors.


“Family caregivers are the backbone of our country’s long-term care system, but they are overwhelmed, exhausted, and financially strained. Our caregivers desperately need support. That is why AARP is proud to work closely with Senators Bennet, Capito, Warren, Collins, Hassan, and Murkowski and Representatives Carey and Sánchez for the introduction of the Credit for Caring Act,” said Nancy A. LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer. “We urge Congress to pass this legislation in 2024 to help provide relief and put money back in the pockets of caregivers.”


More than 48 million Americans are caregivers. Caregivers provide approximately $600 billion in unpaid care each year — doing everything from helping prepare meals and paying bills, to assisting with medication, medical/nursing tasks, and general activities of daily living — most often so that their parents, spouses, and other loved ones can continue to live independently in their homes and communities.  


Sixty-one percent of family caregivers work either full- or part-time. Many of them face financial risks such as lost income, reduced career opportunities, and subsequently lower Social Security and retirement benefits. AARP research has found that, on average, family caregivers spend more than $7,200 out of their own pockets annually to care for their loved ones, and 45% have reported negative financial impacts such as taking on debt or no longer saving. 


The legislation would provide financial support for individual caregivers by providing up to a $5,000 nonrefundable federal tax credit for eligible working family caregivers, that would cover 30% of qualified expenses they incurred above $2,000. The bill could also help boost the U.S. economy. According to an AARP analysis, if caregivers ages 50 and older had support in the workplace, the U.S. gross domestic product could grow by an additional $1.7 trillion (5.5%) by 2030. 


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About AARP
AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit,ñol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspañol and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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