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Adoption carryover

We adopted a sibling pair in 2012, but Turbo keeps telling us we have a carry over even though it is past the 5 years. Why? We click "no" for a carryover, but it keeps telling us we have a carryover. Because of this I can't transfer from previous year and have to keep putting in individual returns year after year. Why?  How do I stop the carryover? I don't want to be held liable like I was with state tax when our solar carried over for 2 years. We ended up getting audited and paying back almost $3K to the state. 

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Expert Alumni

Adoption carryover

The adoption credit carryforward is on Form 8839. You can delete this form if it is no longer needed on your return. 


To remove Form 8839 and the adoption carryforward, please follow the steps below:

  1. Open your tax return.
  2. Search for adoption credit and select the Jump to link.
  3. On the Did you pay any adoption expenses in 2020 or earlier? or the Credit for Adoption Expenses screen, answer No.
  4. Then, click on Tools.
  5. Click on Delete a Form
  6. Scroll down to Form 8839 and click Delete


Returning Member

Adoption carryover

Thank you. I did what you said and it doesn't ask me if I paid. It goes straight to Adoption Carryforward nd telling me I have an adoption carry credit forward, which I do not. Then it tells me to enter my sons information again. It says I must enter the information about my kids so I can use the credit this year. 

Expert Alumni

Adoption carryover

Please try deleting the form without going to the Adoption Credit Section:


Sign in to your online account

Continue working on your return

Click Tax Tools on the left side bar

Click Tools on the drop-down

Click "Delete a form" on the “Tools Center” screen

Scroll down the list and find Form 8839 then click Delete

Confirm the delete



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