The average divorce rate in California is 70 percent. California’s child support system is the biggest in the nation, representing 1.6 million cases. Currently, child support is not tax deductible. With fewer jobs and the difficult economy, parents are worried that they will fall behind on payments, and the penalty for doing so can be swift and harsh.
Penalties include loss of your driver’s license, tax liens, loss of your professional licenses, and jail. Eighty-four percent of child support providers are men, who are not asking to stop paying; they are asking for help so they can continue paying. Seventy percent of all child support arrears is owed by men earning less than $10,000 a year. While there is concern over jail and prison costs, by giving noncustodial parents a tax break, we could further reduce jail and prison costs. Parents are incarcerated solely for nonpayment
Let’s make child support tax deductible. It’s the right thing to do. I have asked Assemblyman Bill Berryhill to introduce legislation to make this happen. If you support this important legislative idea, contact Berryhill staff members John Freeman at 473-6972 or Matt Roman at 916-319-2026.
Linda Taylor, Turlock