(sadly we get no tax break in Germany)
A TAX BREAK FOR ADOPTING PARENTS
There Is A Tax Credit For Qualified Adoption Expenses
There is a tax credit available for individuals who pay or incur qualified adoption expenses during the taxable year. The maximum credit allowed is $11,650. There is also a tax credit of $11,650 for the adoption of a special needs child, regardless of actual expenses. There are limitations based on the adjusted gross income of the taxpayer. The credit is not available in a step-parent adoption where an individual is adopting his/her spouse's child. However, if a person is adopting the child of a domestic partner, in a second-parent adoption, the tax credit may be available.
The maximum tax credit of $11,650 is available if the taxpayer's adjusted gross income does not exceed $174,730. If the adjusted gross income exceeds $174,730, the maximum credit available declines. If your adjusted gross income is greater than $214,730, you are not eligible for the tax credit.
You can't get a double benefit. You can't get a tax credit if you received funds for expenses from some Federal, State or local program.
The tax credit is not available in a step-adoption situation where the taxpayer is adopting the child of his/her spouse.
If you are adopting a child who is not a citizen or resident of the United States, the tax credit is not available unless the adoption becomes final.
The tax credit is not available for expenses incurred in violation of State or Federal law, or in carrying out a surrogate parenting relationship.
There are other limitations. To find out if you qualify for the tax credit, you should discuss your particular situation in detail with your attorney, accountant, or tax advisor.
Money From Your Employer for Adoption Expenses May be Excluded from Your Gross Income
How does the exclusion benefit us?
If your employer were to give you a bonus or subsidy for some expense you incurred, ordinarily, this would be a part of your gross income and you would probably pay tax on it. However, a bonus or subsidy for a qualifying adoption related expense may be excluded from your gross income. The result is a tax free benefit from your employer.
Are there any limits on the exclusion?
Yes. There is a $11,650 limit. The employer must have a separate written plan to provide adoption assistance to its employees. There are other technical limitations you should discuss with your tax preparer.
Can we take a tax credit and use the exclusion also?
Yes, this is possible if you have enough qualifying adoption expenses. You cannot claim a credit and an exclusion for the same expense however.
How do I find out if my employer offers a bonus or subsidy for adoption expenses?
Ask your employer. Several employers offer such a benefit. However, sometimes employees are not aware of the benefit and therefore are not able to take advantage of it.
When can I take the exclusion?
If your employer pays for qualifying adoption expenses in a year before the adoption becomes final, or in the year the adoption does become final, take the exclusion in the year the adoption becomes final. If the payment from your employer is made in a year after the adoption becomes final, take the exclusion in the year of the payment.
Will the exclusion apply to all adoptions?
As with the tax credit, there are some limitations. To find out if you qualify for the exclusion, you should discuss your particular situation with your attorney, accountant or tax advisor.
How Can I get More Information On This Tax Credit?
As was suggested above, you should discuss your particular situation with your attorney, accountant, or tax advisor.
HERE is a free IRS publication on this subject: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html