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Hi, My wife and I had a failed adoption last month where we

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My wife and I had a failed adoption last month where we lost $9,000. But there has been another situation that has come up that will cost $25,000 and would be finalized next year (let's assume that this next one is successful). Someone told us that we can claim the $9,000 for the failed adoption and an additional $13,170 for the successful adoption. Do you understand this to be true?
Also, we were the ones who backed out of the original adoption so would it still fall under the category of "failed" adoption?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  socrateaser replied 7 years ago.

A tax credit is available for adoption costs of an eligible child, whether or not the adoption actually succeeds.To qualify:


  • The child must be under 18 years of age, or physically/mentally incapable of caring for him/herself;
  • If the adoption fails, then the child must be either a U.S. citizen or legal resident.


Hope this helps.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for your answer. I guess my question is can we claim both...the 9k for the failed and the 13k for the successful?

Expert:  socrateaser replied 7 years ago.
Yes, if you actually expended the money for both.

Edited by socrateaser on 9/3/2010 at 8:09 PM EST
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