Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit 2024

The Child and Dependent Care Calculator or CAREucator is for tax year 2024.

  • Additional 2024 Tax Calculators.
  • 2024 Tax Returns are due April 15, 2025 and can be e-filed until October 2025.

Qualifying Person
Expense Payments
Did you pay the expenses to allow you to work or look for work?
What are expense payments?
Payment to a Dependent
Were your payments made to someone you or your spouse could claim as a dependent? Details
Payment To Spouse, Dependent
Were your payments made to your spouse or to the parent of your qualifying person who is your qualifying child and under age 13 as of December 31?
Payment To Child Under 19
Were your payments made to your child who was under the age of 19 at the end of the year? Details
Are you single?
Joint Tax Return
Are you filing a joint return? Details
Considered Unmarried
Do you meet the requirements to be considered unmarried? Details
Care Provider Information
Do you know the care provider's name, address, and identifying number? Details
Did you make a reasonable effort to get this information?
Qualifying Person Criteria
Did you have more than one qualifying person? Details
Dependent Care
Are you excluding or deducting at least $3,000 of dependent care benefits?
Yes, you can claim the Dependent Care Credit for this person, up to $3,000 for one individual or up to $6,000 for two. Maximum Tax Credit is $2,100.
No, you can not claim the Dependent Care Credit for this person.
  • Does this person qualify for the Child Tax Credit?
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  • Is this person your Qualifying Child or Dependent and can they be claimed on your tax return?
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  • Will this person qualify as your Qualifying Relative or Dependent and can be claimed on your tax return?
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2024 Child
Dependent Care

The Child and Dependent Child Care Calculator—CAREucator—will let you know if you qualify for this non-refundable federal tax credit. If you paid someone to care for your child or dependent or another qualifying relative so you and/or your spouse could work, look for work, or go to school, then you may be able to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Find out by launching the tool above.

Dependent care benefits may include the following:

  • Payments from an employer paid directly to either the taxpayer or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person(s) while you worked
  • The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer, and
  • Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care FSA.

A taxpayer's salary may have been reduced to pay for these benefits. If a taxpayer received dependent care benefits as an employee, they should be shown in box 10 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Benefits received as a partner should be shown in box 13 of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) with code O

Did you have earned income during the year?
Use the form 2441 to get a detailed overview: Detailed Child/Dependent Care Credit Overview Use the CAREucator above to calculate your child or dependent care credit.

Note: This tax credit is not the same as the Child Tax Credit. The CAREucator tool will guide you through the following criteria to determine if you qualify for the credit:

  • A: Qualifying Person
  • B: Earned Income
  • C: Work-Related Expense
  • D: Joint Return
  • E: Care Provider Identification

Start the CAREucator above to find out if you qualify for this credit. Or, start a current Tax Return now and get the answer free before you e-File your returns, which are due by April 15, and find out if you qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Or, use the 2024 Tax Estimator to find out the tax credit amount and how it will impact your tax return.