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Tax Credit For Adoption Expenses Effective 1997 Tax Year

Taxpayers who adopt a child may be able to claim a non-refundable credit of up to $5,000.00 for qualified adoption expenses for each eligible child and up to $6,000.00 if the child is deemed a "special needs child." Qualified adoption expenses include reasonable/necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorneys fees and other expenses directly related to the adoption.

NOTE, expenses of adopting a non-resident/non-citizen child are not covered unless adoption is finalized. No credit is allowed for any expense reimbursable under another program or statute. Amount of credit is phased out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes between $75,000.00 and $115,000.00.

After December 31, 2001, this credit will apply only to expenses for adoption of "special needs children."

M.D. Widelock is a California attorney whose practice is limited to independent adoptions and reproductive law. Mr. Widelock has served as a member of the California State Bar Standing Committee on Adoptions (South). Mr. Widelock is a law professor and his firm has provided commentary on family law and related issues to CNN, BBC and Current Affair. He has helped hundreds of people create families throughout the United States by making the adoption experience a good one for all.

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