Benefit Details
Tax Benefits for Adoption
Managing Agency U.S. Department of the Treasury

Program Description

The adoption credit and employer-provided adoption benefits can reduce your income tax by claiming your qualified adoption expenses on your federal income tax return.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for the adoption credit or exclusion, you must have paid qualified adoption expenses for an eligible child, under age 18 or any disabled person physically or mentally unable to take care of himself or herself, including a child with special needs.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To use the credit, complete Form 8839 (PDF), Qualified Adoption Expenses, and attach the form to your Form 1040 (PDF) or Form 1040A (PDF) when filing your annual tax returns.

TeleTax is available 24/7. Call 1-800-829-4477 for additional assistance and select topic 607 when filing your annual tax returns.

Program Contact Information

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