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House passes tax credit for certain Utah adoptions

The House on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation that would give a $2,500 tax credit to those adopting children in state custody.

"We have families that want to adopt but are concerned about the long-term financial impact," said Rep. Brent Haymond, R-Spring-ville, who is sponsoring HB175.He said some 120 children have been in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services for 18 months or more because adoptive parents can't be found.

The proposed tax credit would be for each child and would be granted every four years or until the adopted child turns 18.

A fiscal note attached to the bill said the tax credit would cost the state an estimated $375,000 a year.