I sure hope three-term Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann doesn’t prepare her own taxes.
If so, she’s way due for an audit!
In her response to news that the IRS now classifies breast pumps as medical equipment, thereby making them tax deductible (with many caveats), she demonstrates that she’s a boob when it comes to tax law — and also who’s in charge of it (hint: not the First Lady!).
Here’s what she told conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham on her program yesterday:
I’ve given birth to five babies and I breastfed every single one of these babies. To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies. You wanna talk about the nanny state? I think we just got the new definition of a nanny.
Wow! I feel confident that I didn’t misread the IRS’s new rules on breast pumps. Nowhere did it include a catalog and free gift certificate for a pump of my choice!
Does Bachmann also think that when we talk about home mortgage deductions that the government is buying our homes for us?
The expensive but necessary for many breast-feeding mothers machines can be purchased using pre-tax earnings that have been set aside in a special account (sometimes childcare can be paid this way as well. If only the government was literally acting as a nanny in that case!). Families can write off the cost of breast pumps and related supplies only if their medical costs that year exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income. For most insured nursing moms who had uncomplicated births and recoveries, they won’t meet that condition.
In other states of confusion, she blasts Michelle Obama for supporting these tax breaks and breast-feeding in general, saying the First Lady is creating a “nanny state” (again, totally figurative since any parent knows we’re on the hook for childcare expenses). First Ladies, it turns out, don’t set tax code.