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Want To Adopt A Needy Child? How The 2017 Federal Adoption Tax Credit Can Help

by Caitlin Lawrence

Couples unable to have children of their own are often unsure about how they can afford adoption. Fortunately, the federal government offers a tax credit to individuals and families that wish to adopt a child. The Adoption Tax Credit helps offset adoption costs to allow families to better afford adoption, ultimately providing needy children with a permanent family.

Who Can Qualify For The Adoption Tax Credit

If you pay out-of-pocket expenses associated with adopting a child, you qualify. This includes domestic and private agency adoptions, international, and public foster care adoptions. Expenses that qualify are:

  • Attorney and court costs
  • Adoption fees
  • Re-adoption costs relating to adopting a foreign child
  • Travel expenses while away from home
  • Expenses necessary for and directly related to the adoption

Expenses for carrying out a surrogate-type arrangement do not qualify. Adopting a child with special needs through foster care may allow you to claim the entire adoption credit amount. Check with your state to verify the criteria.

How The Adoption Tax Credit Works

When you adopt a child, you can apply the credit toward your tax liability when you file. It is not a refundable tax credit, but it reduces how much you owe for that year's federal income tax. The maximum amount for 2017 is $13,570 per adopted child. Ask your accountant for Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses.

Remember, this is not a deduction that reduces your income to determine your tax liability. It is a tax refund centered on the dollar for dollar decrease of your total tax liability. Essentially, it is $13,570 in your hands to help offset adoption costs. If you do not use the entire credit amount the first year, you can carry it forward up to 5 years until it is all used.

Important Documents For The IRS

In order to receive the tax credit, you must provide the IRS with the appropriate documentation. Make sure you save the following, as well as copies in case they get lost:

  • Final Judgement of Adoption for each adoption
  • All documents showing paid, qualified expenses
  • Home study/placement agreement by the placement agency
  • If adopting a child with special needs, an Adoption Assistance Eligibility Determination, or Subsidy Agreement.

Verify that all of your paperwork is signed and dated by the proper authorities or the IRS will not accept them.

With the new 2017 Federal Adoption Tax Credit, hundreds of families are able to afford to give needy babies and children a forever family. For more information, talk to an adoption agency.