I have a question about the Adoption Tax Credit. How do I claim tax credit for adoption?
To qualify for the Adoption Tax Credit, you must meet both of these requirements:
- Adopt an eligible child. For a foreign child, the adoption must be final, but for a domestic adoption, expenses are allowed even if the adoption is never finalized.
- Pay qualified adoption expenses (unless adopting a special needs child as defined by the state).
An eligible child is any child who’s either:
- Under age 18
- Any age, and both:
- A U.S. citizen or resident alien
- Physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself
Adoption expenses include costs that:
- Directly relate to your adoption
- Are reasonable and necessary for your adoption
- Adoption fees
- Legal fees
- Court costs
- Travel expenses
However, eligible Adoption Tax Credit adoption expenses don’t include any amounts reimbursed or paid for by:
- Your employer
- A government agency
- Any other organization
Complete Form 8839 and attach it to your Form 1040 to claim your Adoption Tax Credit.
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