Adoption State Tax Credit Clears First Hurdle
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Jan 22 2014 3:12PM
Governor Pence‘s call to make adoption easier in Indiana has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The House Family and Children Committee unanimously endorsed the governor‘s proposal for a tax credit to defray the cost of adoption.
There‘s already a federal credit linked to household income. Pence‘s plan would add a state credit equal to 10-percent of the federal credit, making it worth up to 12-hundred dollars.
M.L.J. Adoptions Director Michelle Jackson says cost is the main obstacle to adoption. But she says the bill would also establish a nine-member study committee to look at ways to streamline adoption paperwork.