As you probably know, if Congress does not act to extend the federal adoption tax credit (ATC) this year, the tax credit as we now know it will expire on December 31, 2012.
Members of Congress are back in their home districts until Tuesday, Novmber 13. We encourage you to use this opportunity to reach out to them about the adoption tax credit. Right now, it’s imperative to engage your legislators about this issue — through a meeting, an e-mail, a phone call, or social media post — so that Members feel pressure to keep the adoption tax credit a part of any deal that moves in the lame duck session of Congress (after the election).
How powerful would it be if Congress came back to Washington, D.C. in November and the Making Adoptions Affordable Act had 50 cosponsors on the Senate bill (S. 3616) and 200 cosponsors on the House bill (H.R. 4373)? It would send a strong message of support and show the adoption tax credit is important to many children and families. With your help, this goal is achievable.
What can you do?
Please e-mail, call, or post and ask your legislators to sign on to the Making Adoptions Affordable Act. Be sure to:
Ask both of your two U.S. Senators to cosponsor S. 3616
Ask your one Representative to cosponsor H.R. 4373
We have a sample e-mail letter and helpful factsheet you can send to your Senators and Representative.
If you’d rather reach out by phone, call the Capitol Operator at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to each of your legislators’ office (you’ll have to call back each time). When you reach each office, ask to speak to the legislative assistant who handles adoption or tax issues.
You can also reach out to legislators through Twitter and Facebook to make your voice heard.
When will this be considered in Congress?
The adoption tax credit is likely to be included in a package of other tax credits that are set to expire, and we expect such a package to be considered by Congress sometime after the election. At this time, it is uncertain whether Congress will consider including the refundable provision of the credit in an extension at the end of the year. We are working hard to get refundability included and need your help to show Members of Congress that refundability helps foster care adoption and lower- to middle-income tax filers.