Don't Tax My Autistic Child!

My daughter has Autism.  She has been a wonderful blessing to my family and teaches us many things while we work with her on her challenges.  Now Congress wants to tax me right where it hurts, in caring for my disabled child.  I rely on a Flexible Spending Account to cover medical expenses not covered by my Insurance.  The amount I am able to set aside tax free for her care is over $4,000 a year.  The Senate bill will cap that amount so I have to pay more taxes and have less money for taking care of my disabled child.

Recently, the CDC confirmed that Autism in America is increasing.  It used to be estimated at 1 in 150 children would be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Now is has been found to be 1 in 96.  Roughly 1% of every child born in the USA must deal with this disability. 

From the CDC’s website (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html):

Given the importance of the issue and these new findings, we would like to confirm that updated preliminary data from CDC shows that overall prevalence findings are similar to those reported by HRSA indicating that approximately 1% of children are affected with an ASD. 

Surprised they reported this, I quote from MSNBC’s website (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32462685/ns/health-health_care):

The Senate Finance Committee bill does not ban FSAs. It does limit contributions by an employee to a FSA to $2,500 a year. This would raise an estimated $14.6 billion in new tax revenue over 10 years, due to workers having higher taxable incomes than they would have had by using FSAs. Critics of this change in the law argue that since the $2,500 cap is not indexed to the inflation rate, it will effectively make FSAs dwindle in value every year. The main House insurance reform bill does not have a similar provision limiting FSAs.

Forget the critics quoted by MSNBC, not only would my FSA be less every year, but I would have to pay new taxes on money I currently use for medical treatments for my daughter.

Congress, Do Not Tax My Autistic Child!


Nathan W.