Action Alert: Federal adoption tax credit

Posted on October 25, 2013

As you might already know, if Congress does not act to extend the federal adoption tax credit (ATC) this year, the tax credit as we now know it will expire on December 31, 2012.

Members of Congress are back in their home districts until the middle of November. We encourage you to use this opportunity to reach out to them about the Adoption Tax Credit. Right now, it’s imperative to engage your legislators about this issue – through a meeting, an email, a phone call or social media post – so that Members feel pressure to keep the ATC a part of any deal that moves in the lame duck session of Congress (after elections).

How powerful would it be if Congress came back to Washington, D.C. in November and the Making Adoptions Affordable Act had 50 cosponsors on the Senate bill (S. 3616) and 50 cosponsors on the House bill (H.R. 4373)? It would send a strong message of support. With your help, this goal is achievable.


Please reach out to your two Senators and one Representative. Ask all three of your federal legislators to become a cosponsor of the Making Adoptions Affordable Act, S. 3616/H.R. 4373.

Attached to this email you will find a helpful factsheet and a sample letter for to send to your Senators and Representative.

Please email, call or post:

·      Your two Senators – urge them to cosponsor S. 3616
·      Your one Representative – urge him or her to cosponsor H.R. 4373
·      Or call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to his or her office. Then ask to speak to the legislative assistant who handles adoption or tax issues.
·      Reach out to legislators through Twitter and Facebook to make your voice heard.

When will this be considered in Congress?

The Adoption Tax Credit is likely to be included in a package of other tax credits that need to be extended, and we expect such a package to be considered by Congress sometime after the election. At this time, it is uncertain whether Congress will consider including the refundable provision of the credit in an extension at the end of the year. We are working hard to get refundability included and need your help to show Members of Congress that refundability helps foster care adoption and lower- to middle-income tax filers.

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