Are Texas Republicans Propose Tax Cuts Only For Straight Couples?
In February 2023, a bill was introduced in the Texas Legislature that would grant tax credits to straight-married couples who have children.
The bill, known as Texas House Bill 2889, is still awaiting referral to a committee. There are claims that “Texas Republicans” who backed the bill are misleading, as the bill’s author, Rep. Bryan Slaton, is the only known supporter. The proposed bill of Texas Republicans would give a 100% cut in property taxes to a married couple with 10 children who meet specific criteria.
Who qualifies for the Proposed Tax Cuts?
The bill specifies that the credit only applies to straight married couples, and couples who have been previously divorced are not eligible. The children who are qualified would have to either have been born or adopted by the couple after they got married. The bill defines a married couple who qualifies for the tax credit as “a man and a woman who are legally married to each other, neither of whom have ever been divorced.”
According to a published article in MSN, the bill’s text specifies that the credit can be substituted for 10% when computing the amount of credit to which the couple is entitled under Subsection (b), with the credit amount increasing by 10% for every additional child a couple has. A qualified married couple with four or more qualifying children may receive a 40% property tax credit if they had four children, with couples who have 10 or more children eligible for a full 100% tax break.
While the proposed bill of Texas Republicans would grant tax credits to straight-married couples with children, it would exclude single parents, divorced parents, LGBTQ couples, and blended families from receiving full benefits. As of now, it is unclear whether the bill will receive further support and pass into law.