Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Child Dependent Care Tax Credit

This 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. you have earned income during the year? How is the Child Care Tax Credit calculated?
Note: This tax credit is not the same as the Child Tax Credit. The following criteria will determine if you qualify for the credit, and the CAREucator tool will guide you through them:

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

Click the Start CAREucator tool below to find out if you qualify for this credit. Or, start a 2022 Tax Return now and get the answer free before you e-File your 2022 returns, which are due on April 18, 2023, and find out if you qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Or, use the 2022 Tax Estimator to find out the tax credit amount and how it will impact your tax return.

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Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
Did you have earned income during the year?
What is earned income?
Did you pay the expenses to allow you to work or look for work?
What are expense payments?
Were your payments made to someone you or your spouse could claim as a dependent? Details
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?
Details
Were your payments made to your child who was under the age of 19 at the end of the year? Details
Are you single?
Are you filing a joint return? Details
Do you meet the requirements to be considered unmarried? Details
Do you know the care provider's name, address, and identifying number? Details
Did you make a reasonable effort to get this information?
Did you have more than one qualifying person? Details
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?
Is this person your Qualifying Child or Dependent and can they be claimed on your tax return?
Will this person qualify as your Qualifying Relative or Dependent and can be claimed on your tax return?
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