How to qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit?

Child and Dependent Care

In order to receive the Credit for Child and Dependent Care, you must meet the following conditions:

Qualifying Child

  • You must take care of a child under 13 years of age
  • A spouse or dependent who lived with you more than half the year who is physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves.

Work-Related Expenses

Unless a married spouse was disabled or a full-time student,  you must take care of the individual so they could work or look for work.

Earned Income

You must have earned income from wages, salaries, tips or other taxable employee compensation, or net earnings from self-employment.

Expenses Limits

The care must have been provided for one or more qualifying persons, limited to $6,000.

Dependent Care Benefits

If you get dependent care benefits from your employer, Form 2441 will be included with your tax return.

Social Security Number

The SSN of each qualifying person must be included.

Care Provider Information

The name or company, address, SSN, and the taxpayer identification number must be included.

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