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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.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


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).

TeleTax is available 24/7. Call 1-800-829-4477 for additional assistance, and select topic 607.


Program Contact Information:

For additional information, visit:

Or contact your local Taxpayer Assistance Center:

Our phone menu allows you to speak a response or use the keypad to select menu options; just follow the voice prompts. For additional tax information by phone, you may call:

TTY/TDD users can call:

For additional information, write to us at:
IRS Tax Forms & Publications
1111 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20224


Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of the Treasury

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