Popular Christian recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, along with his wife, Mary Beth, are calling on Republicans to keep the tax deduction for adoptions in the new tax reform bill.
To the Chapmans, the adoption tax credit is a personal issue since they adopted three children themselves.
As RelevantMagazine.com reports, the adoption tax credit allocates about $13,000 to families who have adopted. This greatly helps with adoption expenses, which can be as high as $40,000 or even higher.
“Losing the adoption tax credit, a vital and practical approach to overcoming the financial cost that prohibits many families from adopting, would be catastrophic for thousands of American parents hoping to adopt and the precious children waiting for a family,” the Chapmans wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
“In a divided political and cultural climate, issues like the adoption tax credit should unite us. The adoption tax credit can mean the difference between a child being adopted or remaining in foster care…Without continuing support for this credit, children, families, communities and our society will certainly carry the loss,” they continued. “If Congress truly wants to reform our tax structure to benefit American families, preserving the adoption tax credit is an obvious step in the right direction.”
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Publication date: November 8, 2017