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Georgia residents can now claim embryos as dependents on state taxes

Georgia residents can now claim embryos as dependents on their state taxes, the state’s revenue department announced Monday.

“In light of the June 24, 2022, U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the July 20, 2022, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Sistersong v. Kemp, the Department will recognize any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat … as eligible for the Georgia individual income tax dependent exemption,” the department said in a statement.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that “Georgia’s prohibition on abortions after detectable human heartbeat is rational.”

The state’s Living Infants and Fairness Equality (LIFE) Act “defines a ‘natural person’ as ‘any human being including an un-born child,'” the court ruled.

A taxpayer who “has an unborn child (or children) with a detectable human heartbeat” after July 20, when the ruling came down, can claim a dependent on their 2022 taxes, according to the statement.

Residents will get $3,000 for each unborn child.

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