Hearing Aid Tax Credit Legislation Proposed

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced S.905, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act. The legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid, once every five years for any individual who purchases a hearing aid. Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) are all original co-sponsors of this legislation.

The legislation differs from H.R. 1479, which was introduced by Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), which would provide a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid every five years for parents purchasing hearing aids for their dependent children or persons over 55 years old. H.R. 1479 also includes a $200,000 annual eligibility income cap.

Please request that your members of Congress support legislative initiatives. For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at ilusis@asha.org.

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