We started the adoption process in 2010, took custody in 2012, and finalized in 2013.
We’ve waited a long time to be able to claim the adoption tax credit.
Finally, this year the government would help us out by refunding almost $13,000 of our adoption expenses. We were so ready. We had plans.
Only…it’s not refundable. It’s just a tax credit, which only helps those who have a tax liability. Which we do not.
We do not benefit from the adoption tax credit. I figured this out an hour ago and I’m still trying to breathe.
Y’all, we paid over $38,000 to adopt Ben.
(Feel free to take a moment to let that sink in. And, if you’d like, Google the salary of an E-5 Sailor. It’s public information. Go ahead.)
Yeah. We were really looking forward to that refund. The refund that isn’t a refund.
So, our government can offer free food and healthcare and education and Lord-knows-what-else to people who don’t want to work, but for working people who choose to adopt…all they can offer is a measly tax credit that doesn’t even benefit the average worker.
Oh, but Planned Parenthood got $540.6 million in government funding last year. I guess there wasn’t anything left over for adoptive families.