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MO Tax Credit Encourages Donations to Pregnancy Clinics

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

A new tax credit in Missouri is being used to encourage donations to pregnancy clinics.

Last week, Missouri Governor Parson signed House Bill 12-88. 

The bill establishes a tax credit for donations made to "pregnancy resource centers" - such as Choices Medical Services - that don't offer abortion services, or perform childbirths in house. 

Jordynn Griffith, Choices Medical Services:"It's a huge benefit to organizations like ours cause it really allows us to thank our donors in a way, and it allows them to stretch their gifts."

That's the case because the bill says people that give at least a hundred dollars to pregnancy resource centers can claim a credit up to 50 percent of the amount they donate. 

But Elizabeth Crane at Liz's Tax Service says, tax credit's don't translate directly into dollars. 

Elizabeth Crane, Owner - Liz's Tax Service:"Tax credit's often get confused for money that you're actually gonna get back in your refund. And that's not necessarily how they work. You don't get the credit dollar for dollar in your pocket. It's just a credit against any taxes you might owe, or any tax obligation you might have."

Crane also says claiming the credit can make filing your taxes more complex. 

Crane:"You need to make sure that you are specific in noting that this isn't just a general charitable contribution. This is something that is a state contribution, and qualifies for a special credit, cause not every preparer is gonna go right to it."

In the end, it's a credit that Griffith hopes encourages more people to donate -- so Choices can keep offering their services.

Griffith:"This will allow us to offer more services to grow our hours, to grow our staff, and really be able to continue offering the Joplin area residents the services that they need."

If you would like to learn more about House Bill 1288, follow the link below.

https://legiscan.com/MO/text/HB1288/id/1660074

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