An online campaign called Save the Adoption Tax Credit issued the following statement today in response to these concerns:
What's most important right now is that you voice your support for this bill with your own Representatives and Senators. If they are not already sponsoring these bills, please ask that they do.
You can track the progress of HR 4373 here (and click on "Take a Position" to contact your Representatives).
You can track the progress of S 3616 here (and click on "Take a Position" to contact your Senators.)
Don't be discouraged that the GovTrack site shows a low chance of these bills passing - If enough support is shown, these bills may be incorporated into a larger tax package. What's important right now is not that these individual bills pass but that the tax credit is included in some type of legislation that passes in Congress. E-mailing and calling your elected officials on these specific bills is the best way to show them how important this issue is to Americans who may not be able to afford to adopt without this tax credit.
Please make sure to mention the following key points:
- The credit should be refundable so that low and middle income Americans can benefit from it, not just wealthier families with more tax liability who can use the non-refundable credit. The tax credit should be focused on supporting adoption by working and middle class Americans who most need the financial help to make adoption a reality.
- The credit should be permanent, and made part of the tax code rather than being at the whim of politicians.