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Qualified Adoption Expenses (QAE)

What it is:

Qualified adoption expenses (QAEs) are costs associated with adopting a child. They are generally tax-deductible and may even qualify for a tax credit.

How it works (Example):

For example, let's assume that Jane would like to adopt a child. The adoption agency has indicated that the adoption will cost $30,000. The IRS allows Jane to take a $13,170 tax credit to help offset qualified adoption expenses. The costs can include attorney fees, court costs, and travel expenses.

Why it Matters:

Adoption is expensive, and in order to facilitate more of them, the IRS allows parents to recoup some of the costs. However, the costs of adoption vary considerably: parents who adopt special-needs children, for example, receive a full adoption tax credit even if the adoption costs are less than the amount of the tax credit. Additionally, the credit phases out for parents with high incomes.