I'm guessing you all know, but the adoption tax credit is set to expire the end of this year, that means us adoptive couples who won't adopt until 2013 or later won't be able to benefit from it (and its a huge refund....over $12,000...which we all know can help all of us!). If you're like me and really, really, really want this bill to be renewd, take a few seconds to contact your state senators and representatives and ask them to renew the adoption tax credit bill.
Here's a link to find and contact your state senator/representative: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ (just go to the site, type in your zipcode, and a list of your specific senators and representatives - once you click on the person's name, a link will show up for a contact form - click on the link, put in your info, and then paste the following letter into the form)
Here's a sample letter you can copy and paste right into the contact form: (Things in red need to be changed)
Dear Senator/Representative NAME:
I am writing to ask you to support the adoption tax credit by becoming a cosponsor of S. 3616/H.R. 4373 (S=senate, H.R.=representative). The adoption tax credit is set to expire on December 31, 2012. Since 1997, the adoption tax credit has helped tens of thousands of parents offset the high cost of adoption, making it possible for them to provide children with loving, permanent families.
The adoption tax credit is especially important to me and my family because... (you can add in anything you want here or you can just delete this sentence/paragraph.)
If Congress does not take action, the adoption tax credit as we know it will expire at the end of 2012. The credit will be reduced to $6,000, and will only benefit the few families that adopt children with special needs and have qualified adoption expenses. Most families adopting children from foster care, intercountry adoption, and domestic infant adoption will not receive any benefit. Without the adoption tax credit, many parents hoping to adopt will be unable to do so, and others will face great financial hardship. The adoption tax credit is essential to ensuring that as many children as possible find the forever families they deserve and ensuring that those families are in a more stable financial position to provide an environment where children can thrive.
The adoption tax credit must be extended to help as many children as possible find the permanent, loving family they need and deserve. And for 2012 and future years it should be made refundable again so that most adoptive families will benefit from it. The best adoption tax credit would be permanent, refundable, inclusive of all types of adoption, and remain a “flat” credit for children with special needs. For specific information on the tax credit, please visit http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/faqs/.
On behalf of the countless children waiting to be adopted, and the many thousands of families that stand to benefit from the adoption tax credit, thank you for your attention to this important issue.
EMAIL ADDRESS/PHONE #
Pass this on to as many people as possible! The more people who contact their senators and representatives, the more chances we have to get the adoptive tax credit bill renewed!