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startrekchik
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Can I/How do I enter the cost I paid for after school child care?

 
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KenH1
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Can I/How do I enter the cost I paid for after school child care?

Here are the eligibility rules for the Child and Dependent Care Credit (the "How Do I" will follow):

To qualify for this credit, you must meet all of these criteria:

  • You (and your spouse, if filing jointly) must have earned income
    • The earned income requirement for one spouse is waived if s/he was a full-time student or
    • Disabled, if they lived with the other spouse for more than 6 months in 2016
  • You paid caregiving expenses so that you (and your spouse, if filing jointly) could work or look for work
    • The work/look for work requirement for one spouse is waived if s/he was a full-time student or
    • Disabled, if they lived with the other spouse for more than 6 months in 2016
  • You paid a caregiver to care for a Qualifying Person. The caregiver cannot be:
    • Your spouse;
    • Your dependent;
    • Your child if they were under 19 on the last day of 2016, even if not your dependent; or
    • The parent of the Qualifying Person, if the Qualifying Person is your child under the age of 13 during 2016.
  • You cannot file with the Married Filing Separately filing status
  • You must furnish the care provider's name, address, and (unless it's a tax-exempt organization) their SSN, ITIN, or EIN on your return.

Here are the steps to enter these expenses:

1) Click Federal Taxes

2) Click Deductions and Credits

3) Scroll down to You and Your Family 

4) Click Show More

5) Click Start next to Child and Dependent Care Credit

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