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matt-ward
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TurboTax help says I should be able to claim dependant care expenses but it wont let me!

I am divorced.  My son spent 50% of the year living with me.  I earn more so according to TurboTax help I am the custodial parent.  Per our divorce agreement, mum is claiming son as dependent.  Again according to TurboTax help I should still be able to claim dependent care expenses, but it wont let me.  TurboTax help says "Custodial Parent of Child - The custodial parent who doesn't claim a tax exemption for a child can claim the dependent care credit if that parent meets all the following conditions: 1. You are the custodial parent 2.The child was under the age of 13 3. The noncustodial parent is entitled to claim the child as a tax dependent".

Any help appreciated! Thanks!

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Coleen3
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TurboTax help says I should be able to claim dependant care expenses but it wont let me!

Earnings have nothing to do with being a custodial parent. A custodial parent is the one with whom the child lives. Qualifying child.   To be your qualifying child, a child must live with you for more than half the year and meet other requirements.

Only the custodial parent may claim child care expenses, even if the non-custodial parent claims the dependency exemption.

matt-ward
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TurboTax help says I should be able to claim dependant care expenses but it wont let me!

Thanks Colleen but your answer is in direct contradiction to the Turbo Tax help feature which leaves me in a worse position than I was before I asked!  I have attached a screen shot to my original question.
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