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Adoption Tax Credit 2021

Dimitra S. Scott | 12/9/2020
By Washington State Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Group The U.S. tax code presently allows adoptive families a tax related benefit for any and all qualifying costs and fees incurred in pursuing an adoption.   The IRS allows a fairly broad definition of allowed costs and fees such that in most cases, any and all fees… Read More

The Golden Ticket: Residency For Spouses And Adopted Children Of Military Servicemembers Stationed Overseas

Washington State Family and Military Law Lawyer Walton L. Dabney | 7/23/2020
Question: I’m in the military married to (or have recently adopted) a person who is not a U.S. citizen. What do I do if I’m being sent overseas and my spouse/child has not yet met the residency requirement to be naturalized? You have recently created (or add to) your U.S. military family. From the multiple veterans,… Read More

Penalty-Free Retirement Withdrawal To Grow Your Family Adoption Or Assisted Reproduction

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott | 1/16/2020
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act), which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, represents a significant overhaul of retirement rules in more than a decade. Among many important changes, the SECURE Act allows you to use retirement savings to start or grow your family! The SECURE Act allows… Read More

Update to Washington State’s Uniform Parentage Act of 2017

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott | 12/19/2019
Washington was the first state to enact the new Parentage Act in 2018, based on the 2017 Uniform Parentage Act.   This update to the Parentage Act addresses issues related to same-sex couples, surrogacy, the right of a child to genetic information, de facto parentage, and parentage of children conceived through sexual assault.    Perhaps the… Read More

Adoption Tax Credit For 2020

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott | 12/16/2019
The IRS published the Adoption Tax Credit figures and adjustments for 2020.  The new maximum dollar amount allowed for the tax credit tax in 2020 is $14,300 per child (it was $14,080 in 2019).  The Adoption Tax Credit begins to phase out for those families whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $214,520, and phases out completely for families with modified adjusted gross… Read More

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