Today’s headlines are buzzing about the tax reform legislation passed by the House. Inevitably, conversations will continue in Congress, as the Senate delves into the plan.
Part of the tax reform conversation, as you may have recently heard, has been about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit.
This credit was in jeopardy in proposed legislation, but because of advocacy efforts like yours, the Adoption Tax Credit was retained — in both the House and the Senate’s bills!
Restored to the House version in an amendment last week, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) commented on the importance of the adoption tax credit for families that “want to provide a safe and loving home for a child.”
I know from personal experience that the adoption process can be expensive and time consuming, and ultimately, so rewarding.
And I know the adoption tax credit is important to many Members of our Committee, Republicans and Democrats – and we’ve had very thoughtful discussions about it over the past few days.
So, with this amendment, we’re proposing to preserve this credit – a priority led by Ms. Black, Mr. Kelly, and so many others. This will ensure that parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and their homes to an adopted child.
Knowing that the Adoption Tax Credit has been recognized as a priority for families is something we, at WACAP, are thankful for this week.
Thank you to the many individuals, organizations, advocates, and legislators who championed this effort, and to all those who shared their stories.
P.S. Did you send a letter or make a call to your Members of Congress?
Make sure to thank them for hearing you, and share your thanks on social media — they notice that, too! Here’s a list of Twitter handles for every Member of Congress (Word) (PDF).