The Issue: Last week, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee released his tax reform proposal and to our dismay, the proposal eliminates the adoption tax credit. Our grassroots advocacy efforts are needed now more than ever before.
Please help us reach every single member of Congress by sharing your real stories! Outreach to your legislators is the only way to protect the adoption tax credit.
Legislators only need to hear from 20 constituents about an issue before it becomes important to them. Remember, Members of Congress are people and oftentimes it is a personal story about why a law is needed that motivates them to act. They also understand that they are there to represent the people of their district. They want to know how a particular policy will affect those they are called to serve.
It only takes a few moments to ACT!
How do you find out who your 3 Congressional Representatives are? (2 senators and 1 representative)? Go to senate.gov and house.gov and use the web sites to contact via email, form, or on their web site.
Email each of them and explain the importance of adoption and ask for their support in protecting the credit. Use our sample template letter (here) as a starting point, but be sure to personalize it. Speak from the heart and share your story about why the ATC is important to children, your family, or others in your life. Provide the link to http://www.adoptiontaxcredit.org in your email so they can find additional information.
When will Congress vote on the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (H.R. 2144/S.1056)?
An individual vote on this bill is unlikely to happen. However, the adoption tax credit will remain part of the broader tax reform discussions and is now particularly vulnerable given the proposal to eliminate it. The more Congressional co-sponsors these bills have, the more likely the adoption tax credit will receive favorable attention in these discussions in Congress. Members of Congress are hearing daily from paid lobbyists about other tax related interests, and will have to make tough decisions about which tax policies are their ultimate priorities.
Let’s not let the adoption tax credit become a victim because Members of Congress haven’t heard enough about its importance to their constituents! Don’t delay. Ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 2144/S.1056 and share their responses here: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more advocacy tips visit: http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/advocate.