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natcryan1
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If my dependent's name does not appear in the "Choose a name..." dropdown menu for the Child and Dep. Care, but is already under my dependents, what should I do?

I started to complete my information on turbotaxonline and then decided to use the software instead.  I've gone back and deleted my information from the website, but the software still does not show my child in the drop down menu.  Nobody else has claimed her.
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Cynthiad66
Employee Tax Expert

If my dependent's name does not appear in the "Choose a name..." dropdown menu for the Child and Dep. Care, but is already under my dependents, what should I do?

You can enter her name there.  But, why wouldn't it just populate.  Check her age of the child.

 

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 your spouse for more than 6 months in 2020).
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  • 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 2020).
  • You paid a caregiver to care for a Qualifying Person. The caregiver can't be:
    • Your spouse
    • Your dependent
    • Your child if they were under 19 on the last day of 2020, even if not your dependent
    • The parent of the Qualifying Person, if the Qualifying Person is your child under the age of 13 during 2020
  • You can't file with the Married Filing Separately filing status (except under certain circumstances).
  • 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.

The credit is worth anywhere from 20% to 35% of your qualified expenses, up to $3,000 (for one qualifying person) and $6,000 (for two or more qualifying persons). Your percentage depends on your AGI, with the higher percentages applying to lower incomes and vice-versa.

 

TurboTax will determine your eligibility and calculate the maximum credit allowed.

 

See this link for more details:  What Is the Child and Dependent Care Credit

natcryan1
New Member

If my dependent's name does not appear in the "Choose a name..." dropdown menu for the Child and Dep. Care, but is already under my dependents, what should I do?

Thank you for your response.  I tried entering her name there and that doesn't seem to be an option.  She is only 9 months old.   

gloriah5200
Employee Tax Expert

If my dependent's name does not appear in the "Choose a name..." dropdown menu for the Child and Dep. Care, but is already under my dependents, what should I do?

Did you enter that she lived with you all year or just 6 months?

 

There is a message in the instructions that if she was born during the year to enter that she lived with you "the whole year" instead of just selecting 6 months.

 

If you only entered six months then go back to the dependent section and change it and that should fix your problem.

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