Freedom of speech is a right we take for granted. But because an 18-year-old with special needs may not be able to make his own legal and healthcare decisions, that right comes with a price tag. Jaret Vogel recognized this gap that occurs when parents are suddenly forced to pay for guardianship—attorneys, medical doctors, social workers, court costs and filing fees. So he started the Special Needs Tax Credit Alliance, which seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and lower the cost of guardianship for parents with special-needs children. With the support of Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, draft legislation will be introduced to U.S. Congress this year, proposing a refundable tax credit of $5,000 for those who pay more in guardianship legal fees than they do taxes.
Want to show your support? Go to specialneedstaxcredit.org or prosperitylifeplanning.org to sign a petition.