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Adoption Assistance

This page features information on the following topics regarding adoption assistance:

  • Overview 
  • Who Is an Eligible Child? 
  • Qualified Adoption Expenses 
  • Employer-Provided Adoption Assistance Program- Exclusion From Income 
  • Adoption Tax Credit 
  • Adoption Information by State 
  • Additional Information 


An employee may be able to exclude from income certain amounts paid or expenses incurred by his or her employer for qualified adoption expenses in connection with the employee's adoption of an eligible child. Additionally, an employee may be able to claim a tax credit for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child.

The credit and the exclusion are both calculated on Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, using the Form 8839 Instructions.

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