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I have advocated on this blog in the past for the extension of the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. The tax credit made a huge difference in both of our adoptions and I want to see it continue for many, many more years. US Representative Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) has introduced the Making Adoption Affordable Act in Congress:

“Deciding to adopt a child is one of the most compassionate decisions a couple can make,” Braley said.  “Unfortunately, it also carries with it significant financial costs.

“Renewing and expanding the adoption tax credit will help remove a barrier to more families deciding to adopt.  It’s a small investment that provides a big return: getting more children into loving homes and out of the costly foster care system.” – said Rep. Bruce Braley. To read his full press release, visit his website here.

This is the first legislation introduced in Congress that would accomplish all the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group’s goals (a credit that is inclusive, permanent, refundable, and flat for special needs adoptions), according to the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. The working group consists of several adoptive organizations that understand how important this tax credit is for adoptive families.

Please consider doing a few simple things to help keep the Federal Adoption Tax Credit:

First, if you are on Facebook, go to Save the Adoption Tax Credit Facebook page and “like” it. This will keep you up to date on the legislation. This is a page that has been created by the working group of adoptive organizations who support the tax credit. After you “like” the page, please share the Save the Adoption Tax Credit Facebook page with your friends and ask them to support this legislation.

Then contact your Member of Congress and let them know you support extending and making permanent the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. You can find out who your representative is by clicking on this link to connect you to the US House of Representatives contact page.

I hope Congress can figure out the budget without having to shut down in a couple of weeks. The US House of Representatives passed a stop-gap measure today to extend the current government funding through Friday, March 18; the measure is expected to also pass in the US Senate. Why is the government’s operating status so important to me? We are hoping to use our tax refund to pay for some of our current adoption expenses. The IRS will likely be one of the government agencies impacted by a shutdown. NPR reports the IRS would likely continue to process returns with payments, but there would not be enough staff to process returns requiring refunds. According to the IRS, a refund for a paper-filed tax return is typically received in six weeks. We would normally file electronically but had to mail our return this year so we could include some documents related to our last adoption. And we had to wait until the end of last week to file our tax return because the IRS was revising one of the adoption tax forms. Our tax return should have arrived at the IRS yesterday. Now, we wait. . .

Update on 3/24/2010: Tax Credit Extended to end of 2011 (see updated post here)

The federal adoption tax credit has made our adoption much more affordable.  And we are hoping it will still be around when we complete our adoption so we can take advantage of it.  The tax credit is set to expire in December 2010 unless Congress votes to continue it. 

The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009, H.R. 213, would keep the adoption tax credit from being repealed, and may make the tax relief measure permanent.

It only takes a few minutes to email or call your senators and congressmen — it’s important for them to hear from families impacted by the tax credit.  

Write your U.S. Representative
Write your U.S. Senator

If you have a blog, you can post the widget/button about H.R. 213 to your sidebar to raise awareness about this legislation (see my sidebar) – just cut and paste the following code to your site:  

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