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March 12, 2024

Sarah Patterson writes about Gov. Whitmer’s proposed caregiver tax credit

Sarah Patterson and Adriana Reyes, writing for The Conversation, discuss Governor Whitmer’s recently proposed $5,000 tax credit, the Caring for MI Family Tax Credit, which is part of a growing trend of public subsidies for families shouldering the responsibilities of caring for family members.

Americans strongly endorse the idea that families, not the government or other organizations, are responsible for providing care for family members. They especially endorse adult children providing care for their aging parents.

That may help explain why family members are the main and sometimes only caregivers for older adults and others with long-term care needs in the United States.

Sarah Elizabeth Patterson, Adriana M. Reyes. 2024. Changes in Americans? Views on Who Should Provide and Pay for Assistance to Older Adults with Activity Limitations, 2012 to 2022. Socius.