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Hi, my son Reece was battling stage 4 Cancer all of last year and some of the year before. Is there any tax or credits that government gives for critically ill children?

 
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Hi, my son Reece was battling stage 4 Cancer all of last year and some of the year before. Is there any tax or credits that government gives for critically ill children?

DISABLED CHILD

So sorry to hear about your child's health problems.  There is not any extra tax benefit or deduction to saying that a child under age 13 is disabled or sick on your Federal return.  If you have a disabled child over 12 and need to pay for childcare so you can work, saying the child is disabled can enable you to claim the childcare credit.  Or if the child is 19 or older, you can still claim the disabled child as your dependent.  Otherwise, it does not benefit you to claim that your child is disabled.  Your state tax laws may be different.

 

Of course, any medical expenses you are paying out of pocket should be entered in Medical Expenses in case you have met the threshold for claiming medical expenses as a deduction.