We need your help! The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group (ATCWG) has set a goal of obtaining 30 co-sponsors on the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Bills —
Why the urgency? Tax discussions are underway in the House and Senate and we need to keep the adoption tax credit top-of-mind with legislators and staff. The best way to do that is to demonstrate to legislators that their constituents care about this issue. In addition, because refundability was not included in the bill that made the credit permanent, many adoptive families are still not able to receive this critical support, a fact which some Members of Congress may not yet be aware.
Please also spread the word with your friends, colleagues, and family who would want to join in the fight to protect the adoption tax credit. The more people who understand about the need to reform the adoption tax credit, the better our advocacy outcomes will be.
For the past several years, key Members of Congress have been calling for the U.S. tax code to be reformed and simplified. If tax reform occurs, ALL existing tax credits or policies, including the now permanent adoption tax credit, would be subject to review and there is always a chance that it could be changed or eliminated. The House Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees (the two committees with jurisdiction over tax policy) have begun their review of the U.S. tax code and have signaled their interest in continuing to determine which of the existing credits should be eliminated.
To ensure that the adoption tax credit not only remains a permanent part of the code but is amended to add back in refundability in order to serve the needs of all children in need of adoption, Members of Congress need to be educated about how this credit is affecting you and your family. To learn more about tax reform, go to http://waysandmeans.house.gov/(see the Tax Reform section) orwww.finance.senate.gov (look for the option on Tax Reform Option Papers).