Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton, a Republican, has put forward a proposal to provide a property tax credit to married, opposite-sex couples, with up to a 100% credit for couples with enough kids.
The proposal would offer a 10% property tax credit to eligible married couples — the measure defines a “Qualifying married couple” as “a man and a woman who are legally married to each other, neither of whom have ever been divorced.”
Spouses with four qualifying children, whether biological or adopted, would be eligible for a 40% tax credit, while couples with five kids would get a 50% credit, couples with six kids would get a 60% credit, etcetera — couples with 10 or more qualifying kids would be eligible for a 100% credit.
Widows and widowers would be able to continue getting the tax break after their spouse’s death, as long as they remain unmarried.
“If one spouse of a qualifying married couple that is entitled to a credit under this section dies, the surviving spouse is entitled to receive the credit authorized by this section for as long as the surviving spouse remains unmarried,” the bill states.
Even if the measure were to pass, there appears to be an additional hurdle — the text of the bill indicates that the measure would only be able to take effect if a proposed constitutional amendment is approved by voters.
“With this bill, Texas will start saying to couples: ‘Get married, stay married, and be fruitful and multiply,'” Slaton said, according to a press release. “Supporting Texas means supporting Texas families. Strong families are the backbone and building blocks of society. We must support families by making it financially easier for them to have and raise children in a supportive and nurturing way.”
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