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Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN)

If you have a child in your home pending a final domestic adoption, you may be affected by the new Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) program that was implemented January, 1998.

An ATIN is not a permanent valid identification number. It is a temporary identification number issued until a Social Security Number can be obtained for the child you seek to adopt. The ATIN number is put on your federal income tax forms to identify the child while the adoption is pending. Doing so will permit you to claim the child as a dependent and, if eligible, claim a child care credit.

To get an ATIN, you must complete IRS Form W-7A (Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending Adoptions.) Beginning mid-December, 1997, the form became available at IRS walk-in sits or by calling 1/800/829-3676. OR, you may download the form from the Internet at www.irs/ustreas.gov. Additional information can be found on the W-7A Form.

To file the form, submit it with the necessary documentation to:
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Philadelphia Service Center
ATIN Unit
P.O. Box 447
Bensalem, PA 19020

CAVEAT: The information contained in this article is meant to provide the reader with an overview of the subject matter. The laws relating to the above information will vary from state to state and the advice of counsel should be sought. Should you entertain any questions, please feel free to contact MARC WIDELOCK at 1-800-MR-STORK.

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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