Did you see this Press Release from Arizona regarding a newly introduced bill H.B. 2654? If your child was murdered, would you feel, ” the legislature cares about crime victims” because you were given a tax break? It might accomplish many things but wouldn’t preventing the crime in the first place demonstrate their sincerity more?
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX– Rep. Mark DeSimone of Phoenix has sponsored three bills to support crime victims.
“These bills will send a message to the public that the legislature cares about crime victims,” Rep. DeSimone said.
House Bill 2654 will provide a $2,300 tax exemption for a taxpayer whose child was murdered. It allows the taxpayer of a murdered child to continue to claim the deduction for up to five years.
Here is the explanation of what constitutes a murdered child pdf .
A CHILD OF THE TAXPAYER WHO IS DETERMINED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES TO HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF A HOMICIDE AS DEFINED IN SECTION 13-1101 THAT WAS COMMITTED BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE TAXPAYER IF ALL OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY…..
Detail: 13-1101 Definitions
In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. “Premeditation” means that the defendant acts with either the intention or the knowledge that he will kill another human being, when such intention or knowledge precedes the killing by any length of time to permit reflection. Proof of actual reflection is not required, but an act is not done with premeditation if it is the instant effect of a sudden quarrel or heat of passion.
2. “Homicide” means first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide.
3. “Person” means a human being.
4. “Adequate provocation” means conduct or circumstances sufficient to deprive a reasonable person of self-control.