What Is a Tax Credit?

Subtract tax credits from the amount of tax you owe. There are two types of tax credits:

Information You’ll Need

You’re no longer required to attach the adoption documentation with your tax return; however, you must keep the documentation as part of your records.


Download IRS Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses

The below link is an IRS interview that will help you determine if you’re eligible to claim a credit for expenses paid, or to exclude from income any assistance received for an adoption effort. If multiple children were adopted, repeat the interview as appropriate.