Sample Letter or Email
Please note if you are writing to your Representative, ask for co-sponsorship of H.R. 2144 (the House bill). If you are writing to your Senators, ask them to co-sponsor S. 1056 (the Senate bill).
Dear Senator/Representative NAME:
I am your constituent and I am writing to ask you to support a bill to make the adoption tax credit refundable by becoming a cosponsor of S. 1056/H.R. 2144. 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 was made permanent, but it lost a key provision when it was renewed – it is no longer refundable. This is devastating to many low and middle-income adoptive parents. One-third of all adopted children live in families with annual household incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level, meaning many do not have a tax liability and cannot utilize a non-refundable tax credit. Nationally nearly half (46%) of families adopting from foster care are at or below 200% of poverty the level. A refundable adoption tax credit makes an enormous difference in terms of which families are able to claim the credit. Many parents who provide loving homes to waiting children cannot use the non-refundable adoption tax credit at all – and these are among those who need it most.
We urge you to reinstate the refundable provision, which was in place in 2010 and 2011, so that all adopted children have the ability to benefit. It will encourage adoptions, particularly from foster care, and that will help ensure children have the permanent, loving family they need.
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Please work with your colleagues this year to reinstate the refundable provision of the adoption tax credit by co-sponsoring S 1056/HR 2144.
On behalf of the countless children waiting to be adopted, and the many thousands of families who stand to benefit from the adoption tax credit, thank you for your attention to this important issue.
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