Expanded 2011 Adoption Credit - IRS Form 8839 - John R. Dundon II, Enrolled Agent
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Expanded 2011 Adoption Credit – IRS Form 8839

Expanded 2011 Adoption Credit – IRS Form 8839

The Adoption Tax Credit in 2010 was increased to $13,170 and made refundable for qualified expenses paid to adopt an eligible child by the Affordable Care Act.  Basically this means that as a parent who completed an adoption in 2010 you can get money back as a tax refund even if you owe no taxes.

In order to receive the credit you must file a paper tax return and Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and attach documents supporting the adoption.  Documents may include a final adoption decree, placement agreement from an authorized agency, court documents and the state’s determination for special needs children. 

Qualified adoption expenses are reasonable and necessary expenses directly related to the legal adoption of the child. These expenses may include adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees and travel expenses.  An eligible child must be under 18 years old, or physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself.

If your modified adjusted gross income is more than $182,520, your credit is reduced. If your modified AGI is $222,520 or more, you cannot take the credit.



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