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When Twins are Born in Two Different Years

Twins share the same birthday. That’s usually true, but there are exceptions. It is entirely possible for a set of twins to be born on two different days – or even in two different years.

NBC Washington reported about twins who were actually born in two different years. The babies were born at San Diego Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center. Jaelyn was born at 11:59 p.m. On December 31, 2015. Her twin brother, Luis, was born at 12:02 a.m. On January 1, 2016.

That’s not the first time twins were born in two different years. Babygaga reported that a pair of twins were born in Buffalo, New York, on different years. One boy was born at 11:37 p.m. On December 21, 2011, and his brother was born at 12:10 a.m. On January 1, 2012.

Filling out taxes becomes a bit more confusing for parents of twins that were born in two different years. Forbes reported that a parent is allowed one exemption for each person they can claim as a dependent.

For example, Jaelyn would be a qualifying child for 2015, but her brother Luis would not. This means the parents of the twins would only receive one tax exemption – while raising two babies. The next year, 2016, both twins would be qualifying children.

Health insurance coverage can be quirky. Let’s assume the parents have health insurance that covers childbirth, and that they met their deductible before the first twin was born. The insurance company would have to cover the cost of that birth.

The minute the calendar rolls into the next year, the parents have to start all over again on paying down the deductible. There isn’t enough time for the parents to pay down the new year’s deductible. In some cases, it is possible the insurer might refuse to cover the costs of the birth of the second twin.

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