Completing your tax return

On line 313 of your Schedule 1, Federal Tax, enter the amount of eligible adoption expenses related to the adoption of a child who is under 18 years of age. The maximum claim for each child is $15,255.


The two adoptive parents can split the amount if the total combined claim for eligible expenses for each child is not more than the amount before the split.

Parents can claim these incurred expenses in the tax year including the end of the adoption period for the child.

Reimbursement of an eligible expense - You must reduce your eligible expenses by any reimbursements or other forms of assistance you received.

Supporting documents

Filing electronically or filing a paper return
Keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date.

If, at the end of the year, you reside in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, or Yukon, be sure also to claim the corresponding provincial or territorial non-refundable tax credit to which you are entitled, on line 5833 of your provincial or territorial Form 428.

Forms and publications

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