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It took me 5 years to complete the adoption of my daughter. I never reported/claimed the expenses prior to 2015 (2011 - $5K and 2012 $4k). Can I still claim them?

The adoption was finalized in 2016. My adopted daughter was born a US citizen and does not have special needs. Thanks
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bwa
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It took me 5 years to complete the adoption of my daughter. I never reported/claimed the expenses prior to 2015 (2011 - $5K and 2012 $4k). Can I still claim them?

Unfortunately, you can't claim credits for costs in 2011 because the statute for filing a claim has expired.  Adoptions credits can only be claimed in the year following payment or the year the adoption is final, whichever is earlier.  Under that rule:

  • 2011 expenses would be claimed on your 2012 return,  The statute for refunds expired April 15, 2016.
  • 2012 expenses would be claimed on your 2013 return,  The statute for refunds expires April 15, 2017.  Make sure you file a claim for refund for 2013 (for costs paid in 2012) on or before that date.



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bwa
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It took me 5 years to complete the adoption of my daughter. I never reported/claimed the expenses prior to 2015 (2011 - $5K and 2012 $4k). Can I still claim them?

Unfortunately, you can't claim credits for costs in 2011 because the statute for filing a claim has expired.  Adoptions credits can only be claimed in the year following payment or the year the adoption is final, whichever is earlier.  Under that rule:

  • 2011 expenses would be claimed on your 2012 return,  The statute for refunds expired April 15, 2016.
  • 2012 expenses would be claimed on your 2013 return,  The statute for refunds expires April 15, 2017.  Make sure you file a claim for refund for 2013 (for costs paid in 2012) on or before that date.



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