Last year, when we officially adopted J-son, our social workers told us we'd get a tax credit for the adoption. Honestly, we didn't believe them. We'd heard the same thing before, a decade ago, when we adopted N-son. It turns out that back then, our combined income was so high that adoption credits didn't apply. Even though we didn't get any of that promised refund on our taxes, it was sort of nice to be considered too rich to enter that particular carnival ride.
|Our big new |
So when we filled out our tax forms this past February, it was with some considerable surprise that we found out that J-son is considered "special needs" and that the IRS did indeed therefore want to share YOUR hard earned money with US, to the tune of $13,500. Quite a tidy little refund, all the more so because we didn't really expect it. (Technically, it's a tax credit, not a tax deduction or refund. Either way, it's money in our figurative pocket).
So first of all, thank you for paying your taxes; I'm not sure you knew that some portion of your withholdings would be coming our way. And second of all, I figure you deserve some accounting of where your money will be going.
First of all, we're putting our money where our mouth is (in a figurative sense). I've been collecting my charity envelopes all year. We do give regularly to a few places (our church, World Vision, United Way), but once a year I like to make contributions to other places. On the list this year: our public radio station, some environmental groups, several human rights groups, our library, local food bank and economically based charities, a few schools. All in all, we'll spend about $2000 on non-profits.
|A Herbst appliance. |
It doesn't look as scary as this
when it's inside a real mouth.
|My guy and the boy we hope will become X-son.|
So, thank you.