There is a bipartisan bill in each side of Congress that, if passed, would make the adoption credit refundable again. Signing on to these bills is also the best way to show support for the adoption tax credit and prevent it from being eliminated in any comprehensive tax reform that moves forward.

Senate Bill

On May 23, 2013, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), introduced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (S. 1056).  Read the Senator’s press releases: Senator Casey’s press release and Senator Landrieu’s release.

We encourage everyone to contact their two U.S. Senators to ask them to become co-sponsors of the bipartisan bill (S.1056). You can find your Senators and their contact information at: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

Click here to view the list of current co-sponsors.

House Bill

On May 23, 2013 Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) also introduced the companion bill, Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (H.R. 2144), in the House of Representatives. Ask your member of the House of Representatives to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 2144.  You can find your Representative at: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Click here to view the bill’s current co-sponsors.

Take Action Today!

In addition to showing support for the adoption tax credit during tax reform discussions, passing these bills would accomplish the fourth and final goal of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group (ATCWG)—it would make the adoption tax credit refundable. The ATCWG’s four goals are: to make the adoption tax credit inclusive, flat for special needs adoptions, refundable, and permanent.

To continue to grow bipartisan support, legislators need to hear from their constituents. Take action today! Please visit the Advocate section for more information about what you can do and how to contact your legislators.

If your member(s) of Congress are already cosponsoring these bills, we encourage you to send them a thank you note by email.

When Will the Credit Be Considered by Congress?

We don’t really know. The adoption tax credit is wrapped up in broader tax reform discussions that federal legislators are currently having. It’s uncertain how members of Congress will act on broader tax reform policy, but we believe that the adoption tax credit is viewed as both important and bipartisan by Congressional leaders. To ensure adoptive families are heard on this issue, we have submitted recommendations to legislators leading reform efforts. Our recommendations reiterate the importance of the refundable provision and justify why the adoption tax credit is a good tax policy by spelling out the benefits of adoption to the government, children and families, and society. We are working hard to ensure that refundability is part of any relevant legislative vehicles in this congressional calendar, but we need your help in showing members of Congress that refundability helps promote adoption from foster care and ensures adoption is an option for lower- to middle-income tax filers.

When contacting your members of Congress, be sure to discuss why the adoption tax credit matters to you and mention the importance of a refundable tax credit. Having more members of Congress signed on as co-sponsors of these two bills — which would make the credit refundable — will help move the bills through Congress. You can find more information about why refundability matters in the FAQs.