This year, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) changed its mind when it comes to moms and taxes. Thanks to lobbying tax specialists, a new tax policy finally went into effect and breast pumps are now tax deductible for moms! When it comes to moms and taxes, don’t mess with them because one way or another, it seems like moms will win.
Last year, the IRS FSA (Flexible Spending Account) had set rules and regulations in regards to breast pumps; they were not part of an IRS tax deductible for moms who breast fed their infants. However, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin lobbied a call to action for support of breast feeding and to get breast pumps as a deductible.
As of February 10th 2011, the IRS has enacted the breast pump tax deduction law. Therefore, mothers who purchased breast pumps can now get the deductions needed towards tax breaks. Information pertaining to the appropriate changes made that now allow mothers to deduct can be located on the IRS Publication 502 (Medical and Dental Expenses). For any mother who nursed in 2010 and purchased a breast pump, make sure you get your deduction this year!
It may have taken a while, but now the IRS knows not to mess with moms and their determination. Today, it is arguably recognized that breast feeding may be an important step towards the future of children and upcoming generations. With the new tax deduction available for breast pumps, it only goes to show that indeed, the people still have the power to change policies even when it comes to taxes!