I was under the impression that my family couldn’t take the adoption credit because we didn’t have any qualified expenses during our adoption from foster care, but then I read this:
Since 2003, families who adopted a child with special needs from foster care could claim a federal adoption tax credit even if they had no adoption expenses. Children who receive adoption assistance/subsidy benefits are considered children with special needs. Other adoptive families are also eligible for the credit, but must have (and be able to document, if requested by the IRS) qualified adoption expenses.
When we went through our classes I remember the social worker saying that, in our county, special needs also included children of color. Does that means that we can take the federal adoption credit though we had no qualified expenses? Does special needs in our county qualify as special needs to the government?
Here’s what I found on the internet: