The proposed tax credit for adoption expenses in Virgina failed to make it beyond the House Finance Committee. I am disappointed that no action was taken on this bill, and intend to write each member of the committee, as well as my district’s delegate. For a bill like the adoption tax credit, I feel politicians need to hear from those it could impact – it is easy to assume no one would pay any attention to something like this, since it is unlikely to get any media attention or have widespread appeal.
Below is the text of the email I intend to send to the delegates on the committee. I am posting it here in case others would also like to send a letter or email to your representatives in the General Assembly.
Dear (Finance Committee Member or Delegate’s name),
I am disappointed to see that HB743 (Income tax, state; qualified adoption expenses tax credit) failed to make it beyond the House Finance Committee for consideration during the 2008 General Assembly session.
Several states already offer a tax credit for adoption expenses, including Missouri ($10,000), Maryland ($5,000) and West Virginia ($2,000). Offering a tax credit to Virginia taxpayers would help families off-set some of the costs of adoption. There are an estimated 143 million orphans worldwide. This tax credit could help some of these children find homes with loving families.
I hope a tax credit for adoption expenses will be considered in Virginia in the future. I know there are many families who would be grateful for it, including ours.
(Your name & address)