November 2020 Volume IX
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Parents Who Adopt May Be Able to Benefit From a Tax Credit
The adoption credit is designed for families who adopted or started the adoption process. These taxpayers may be able to claim up to $14,080 of credit for each eligible child. To determine eligibility, taxpayers should fill out Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. This can help you determine how much credit you may be eligible for.
This credit may cover qualified expenses, including reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs and legal fees, adoption-related travel expenses, and other expenses directly related to the adoption. There are also income limits that could affect the amount of the credit.
The SECURE Act added an allowance for a $5,000 IRA withdrawal (without the usual 10% penalty) that can be used toward expenses related to childbirth or an adoption. This withdrawal counts as taxable income, though, and must be taken within a year of the child's birth or arrival.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov and CNBC.com
Are You Storing Your Food Correctly?
Storing your food correctly can help minimize food waste, keep you safe, and keep your food tasting as delicious as possible. Here are some tips:
· Your refrigerator should be at or below 40 degrees F and your freezer should be 0 degrees F. Check the temperatures regularly to make sure they are within safe ranges. Appliance thermometers are the easiest way to do this.
· Never allow meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or other foods that require refrigeration to sit out for over two hours. This also applies to leftovers in to-go containers.
· Don't overcrowd your fridge or freezer because air won't be able to circulate.
· Freezer burn doesn't mean food is unsafe, it just means that air got in and caused dry spots on frozen food.
· Store eggs in their carton in the fridge itself, not in the door. The door of a fridge is often a little warmer.
Tip adapted from FDA
Breathe Easy and Feel Better - with House Plants
Houseplants accent your home, decorating with beautiful pops of color and texture, but they can also make us feel better. One reason plants are a healthy addition to your home is that they clean the air. Greenery around the house removes over 85% of pollutants from the air within a 24-hour period.
Plants around the home also reduce stress and boost your mood. Need a few tips to get started? Here are a few, easy-care varieties:
· Monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant): It grows quickly and has big, beautiful leaves.
· Epipremnum aureum (golden pothos or devil's ivy): Great starter plants; they thrive in a hanging planter. Be careful if you have pets: they are toxic to cats and dogs.
· Hedera (ivy): If you love ivy, this plant is for you.
· Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant): These low-maintenance plants require watering from the bottom. They sprout babies regularly, so you can share them with friends and family.
· If you want really low-maintenance plants, you can try succulents and cacti. They are easy to replant, and it's fun to combine different varieties to make one-pot gardenscapes. They can also go longer without watering.
Tip adapted from Women's Health