A bill that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been fighting for has become law.
On October 23, 2017, the special needs adoption tax deduction report bill (Bill S.4492-Golden/A.6800-Joyner) was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This bill was enacted as Chapter 382 of the Laws of 2017; the report called for under this law is due on July 30, 2018. As its description would indicate, this law requires the State of New York to prepare a report on the impact of a potential special needs adoption tax deduction. NYCF Legislative Director Stephen Hayford prepared an initial draft of this legislation; presented it to the staff of Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn), who revised the bill and introduced it; and advocated for the bill throughout the 2017 legislative session. This is the first bill initially drafted by Stephen that has become law.
Adoptive parents of special needs children encounter challenges, costs, and burdens that other parents do not face. A tax deduction for the adoptive parents of special needs children would benefit our state by helping special needs parents and their children, and by mitigating financial concerns that might otherwise discourage parents from adopting special needs children. Unfortunately, special needs adoption tax deduction legislation was vetoed by Gov. Cuomo in 2016. It is hoped that a state report on this important issue will help build the case for the eventual passage of a special needs adoption tax deduction bill.
NYCF thanks Sen. Golden and the law’s Assembly sponsor, Asm. Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx), for their leadership in advancing this important legislation. We also thank the Lord for this answer to prayer, and pray that this law will help lead to the future passage of a tax break for the adoptive parents of special needs children.