It’s no secret that childcare is expensive. Many parents around the country can benefit from the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help offset childcare costs. This federal tax benefit assists families paying expenses for the care of eligible children and other dependents so the parents may work, attend school, or look for work.
How it works
The credit is calculated based on your income and the number of qualifying children in your home. The total eligible expenses you can claim are $3,000 for one child and $6,000 for two or more children. The credit you can claim is subject to a phaseout based on your income, and ranges from 50% of eligible expenses for a family earning up to $125k per year to 1% of eligible childcare expenses for a family earning as much as $438,000 per year. Full instructions for calculating your potential tax credit can be found at https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i2441.
For illustrative purposes, let’s assume a family has income of $165,000, two dependent children under the age of 13, and childcare expenses paid to a nanny for after-school care of $25,000. The family has $6,000 of expenses eligible for the tax credit, and their income level dictates that their credit will equal 30% of eligible expenses ($1,800).
What services qualify
Many forms for childcare are eligible, such as nanny care, daycare, and day camp. All service expenses must be trackable and reportable, with documentation available such as a W2 provided to the nanny or invoices from the childcare facility. Documentation of the expenses, including the name, address, and tax identification number (SSN) of the care provider, must be included with your tax filing.
How to claim it
To claim the credit, you will need to complete Form 2441 (Child and Dependent Care Expenses) and file it with your federal income tax return. Each qualifying person needs to have a social security number or valid taxpayer identification number. This tax credit can help lighten the burden of paying for childcare, so be sure you take some time to review the details, and consider speaking with your tax advisor about whether or not you qualify.
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