Bipartisan Bill Would Aid Military Spouses after a Transfer

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help military spouses more easily re-enter the workforce by offering a tax credit to offset the cost of renewing or transferring a professional license after they move to a new state.

“When a military family is asked to move as part of their service to our country, the government should be doing everything possible to make that transition seamless,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said in a written statement.

“This tax credit would reduce one of the burdens military families face when they move,” said Casey, who introduced the bill along with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.).

This legislation would provide a tax credit of up to $500 when a military family moves across state lines. The tax credit would be applicable for the renewal or transfer of a professional license in a range of fields, including child care, nursing and health services.

At the end of 2012, 27 states had moved toward “state-to-state transfer of credentials” best practices legislation, made policy changes or demonstrated they had policies easing the transfer of licenses for military spouses.

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