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beela184
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Why dont i qualify for the child and dependent care credit

It states that it is because I am married and filing separately from my husband.  My dependent is from a previous marriage.
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IsabellaG
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Why dont i qualify for the child and dependent care credit

It doesn't matter that your spouse isn't the parent of the child. The law is that the Child Care Credit is not allowed if your filing status is Married, Filing Separately. That's just one of the reasons that filing a separate return is a disadvantage. Depending on your situation, you may be able to file as Head of Household, but not if you lived with your spouse during the last 6 months of the year. 

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IsabellaG
Employee Tax Expert

Why dont i qualify for the child and dependent care credit

It doesn't matter that your spouse isn't the parent of the child. The law is that the Child Care Credit is not allowed if your filing status is Married, Filing Separately. That's just one of the reasons that filing a separate return is a disadvantage. Depending on your situation, you may be able to file as Head of Household, but not if you lived with your spouse during the last 6 months of the year. 

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