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You may be able to take a tax credit for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child (including a child with special needs).  The adoption credit is an amount subtracted from your tax liability.  Although the credit generally is allowed for the year following the year in which the expenses are paid, a taxpayer who paid qualifying expenses in the current year for an adoption which became final in the current year, may be eligible to claim the credit on the current year return.  The adoption credit is not available for any reimbursed expense.  In addition to the credit, certain amounts reimbursed by your employer for qualifying adoption expenses may be excludable from your gross income.

To learn more about the adoption credit, please visit www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html.