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thesakr
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Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

Filing as single and my ex spouse claiming my son as dependent per our agreement;  but I paid  childcare expenses. Can I claim those expenses
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Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

Yes if you are the custodial parent where the child  physically lived for more than half the year (183 nights) then:

When you enter the dependent, you say that he/she is "Your child" (not you and your spouse if remarried),
he/she lived with you the whole year,
“no” the child did not pay more than half of his/her own support,
"yes", you have a custody agreement,
and "yes", the other parent is claiming this year.  

That will give you the EIC, Child Care Credit and Head of Household filing status if you otherwise qualify.

The other (non-custodial) parent can claim the child’s exemption and child tax credit only and needs a signed 8332 form to do so.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
cccrutch
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Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

It is not letting me claim child care expenses because unless I claim the child.. help?

Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

@cccrutch - Are you the custodian parent that lived with the child?  If so, delete the dependent and enter as in the answer above.   The child must have been under age 13 at the time the care was given to qualify.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
cccrutch
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Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

Yes I am the custodial parent and paid for preschool expenses this past year, but my ex is claiming her this year. So how do I go about claiming the credit where and what do I do?

Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

Enter the child as I said in the answer box above, then go to the child and dependent care section and answer the questions.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
cccrutch
New Member

Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

Answer box? Sorry I'm confused

Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

There is only one answer to this thread  that has the step by step directions- scroll back.

It says:

If you are the custodial parent where the child physically lived for more than half the year (183 nights) then:

When you enter the dependent, you say that he/she is "Your child" (not you and your spouse if remarried),
he/she lived with you the whole year,
“no” the child did not pay more than half of his/her own support,
"yes", you have a custody agreement,
and "yes", the other parent is claiming this year.  

That will give you the EIC,  Child Care Credit and Head of Household filing status if you otherwise qualify.

The child would be listed as "non-dependent EIC & Dependent Care only".

The other (non-custodial) parent can claim the child’s exemption and child tax credit only and needs a signed 8332 form to do so.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
cccrutch
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Can I claim childcare expenses if I am not claiming child as a defendant for 2016

I got ya, thank you
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