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Rep. Janine Boyd introduces bipartisan family adoption tax credit legislation

May 2, 2019
Janine R. Boyd News

State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Minerva) yesterday introduced House Bill (HB) 206, new bipartisan legislation to create a fully refundable adoption tax credit for new parents in Ohio.

“We in the legislature have passed a wide range of tax credits for deserving individuals,” said Boyd. “There are children anxiously longing for families, and families earnestly praying to have children, but sometimes the cost of unifying the two is not viable, or not yet available to them. This bill will provide a better opportunity for adoptive parents to focus on caring for their new child, who more often than is appropriate, may have experienced trauma and have lost most forms of stability and connection during their young lives.”

This legislation will allow adopting families to apply for a fully refundable adoption tax credit up to $10,000 of the out-of-pocket cost of the adoption. It will also provide a $5,000 minimum fully refundable adoption tax credit to any family who adopts regardless of the cost they incurred through the adoption process.

“This legislation will ease the financial burden that comes with adoption, helping families that may otherwise be sidelined because of the high cost of bringing a child into their home,” said Rep. Stoltzfus.

House Bill 206 has been referred to the committee on Ways and Means and now awaits its first hearing.