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5 AN ACT RELATING TO REVENUE AND TAXATION; PROVIDING A REFUNDABLE
6 INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR AN ADOPTIVE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF
7 A QUALIFIED CHILD UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AND PROVIDING AN
8 EFFECTIVE DATE.
9 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
11 62A-4a-205.6, as enacted by Chapter 314, Laws of Utah 1996
12 62A-4a-607, as enacted by Chapter 314, Laws of Utah 1996
14 26-18-3.8, Utah Code Annotated 1953
15 59-10-131, Utah Code Annotated 1953
16 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
17 Section 1. Section 26-18-3.8 is enacted to read:
18 26-18-3.8. Mental health services for specified child recipients.
19 (1) As used in this section:
20 (a) "Child recipient" means a recipient who is under 18 years of age and who is eligible
21 for medical assistance under this chapter because the child receives assistance under 42 U.S.C.
22 Section 673.
23 (b) "Mental health therapist" means the same as that term is defined in Section 58-60-102.
24 (2) A child recipient shall be allowed to receive services from a mental health therapist
25 who is not part of a prepaid capitated delivery system for mental health providers.
26 (3) The division shall establish a payment schedule for services provided under this
1 Section 2. Section 59-10-131 is enacted to read:
2 59-10-131. Adoption or guardianship tax credit.
3 (1) For purposes of this section:
4 (a) "Adoptive parent" means a person who adopts a qualified child.
5 (b) "Guardian" means a person who is appointed guardian of a qualified child.
6 (c) "Qualified child" means a person:
7 (i) who is 18 years of age or younger;
8 (ii) (A) who is adopted pursuant to the provisions of Title 78, Chapter 30, Adoption, on
9 or after January 1, 1998; or
10 (B) for whom a guardian is appointed pursuant to the provisions of Title 75, Chapter 5,
11 Part 2, Guardians of Minors, on or after January 1, 1998; and
12 (iii) who was in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services within the
13 Department of Human Services at the time the adoption occurred or the guardian was appointed.
14 (2) Subject to the provisions of Subsections (3) and (4), for taxable years beginning on or
15 after January 1, 1998, an adoptive parent or a guardian having an adjusted gross income of $75,000
16 or less may claim a refundable credit of $2,500 for each qualified child the adoptive parent or
17 guardian is entitled to claim as a dependent.
18 (3) An adoptive parent or guardian may claim the credit under Subsection (2) for each
19 taxable year beginning on the taxable year in which the adoptive parent or guardian adopts or is
20 appointed guardian of the qualified child through the taxable year during which the qualified child
21 reaches 18 years of age.
22 (4) If the amount of the credit under Subsection (2) exceeds the adoptive parent's or
23 guardian's tax liability under this chapter for the taxable year, the commission shall refund the
24 amount of the credit exceeding the liability.
25 (5) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
26 commission may make rules providing procedures for refunding a tax credit under this section.
27 Section 3. Section 62A-4a-205.6 is amended to read:
28 62A-4a-205.6. Adoptive placement time frame -- Contracting with agencies.
29 (1) With regard to children who have a permanency goal of adoption and [
31 approved in accordance with Section 78-3a-312, the division shall make intensive efforts to place
1 the child in an adoptive home within 30 days after the [
3 (2) If within the time period described in Subsection (1) the division is unable to locate
4 a suitable adoptive home, it shall contract with licensed child placing agencies to search for an
5 appropriate adoptive home for the child, and to place the child for adoption. The division shall
6 comply with the requirements of Section 62A-4a-607 and contract with a variety of child placing
7 agencies licensed [
12 (3) The division shall ensure that children who are adopted and who were previously in
13 its custody will continue to receive the medical and mental health services and coverage that they
14 are entitled to under state and federal law, and shall provide intensive initial training and support
15 to potential adoptive parents, and ongoing support and individual or family counseling to adoptive
16 parents and their children, as needed, until the adopted child reaches 21 years of age.
17 Section 4. Section 62A-4a-607 is amended to read:
18 62A-4a-607. Promotion of adoption.
20 for children, the division and all agencies licensed under this part shall promote adoption when that
21 is a possible and appropriate alternative for a child. Specifically, the division shall actively
22 promote the adoption of all children in its custody who have a permanency goal of termination of
23 parental rights or adoption [
24 (2) The division shall obtain or conduct research of prior adoptive families to determine
25 what families may do to be successful with their adoptive children and shall make this research
26 available to potential adoptive parents.
27 (3) The division shall ensure that children who are adopted and who were previously in
28 its custody will continue to receive the medical and mental health services and coverage that they
29 are entitled to under state and federal law, and shall provide intensive initial training and support
30 to potential adoptive parents, and ongoing support and individual or family counseling to adoptive
31 parents and their children, as needed, until the adopted child reaches 21 years of age.
1 Section 5. Effective date.
2 This act takes effect on January 1, 1998.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-17-97 5:31 PM
A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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