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My ex spouse claimed my daughter this year but I paid over 5,000 to YMCA for before and after school care? When I try to claim this the IRS rejects my tax documents.

 
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My ex spouse claimed my daughter this year but I paid over 5,000 to YMCA for before and after school care? When I try to claim this the IRS rejects my tax documents.

If you are married filing separately, you can't take the credit.

If you are divorced or separated and sharing custody, you can't claim the child care credit unless you either 

a) report the child as a full dependent because the child lived with you more than half the year and you are not sharing the dependent exemption with the other parent, or

b) report that you had custody more than half the year, but are not claiming the dependent because you released the exemption to the other parent.

If the other parent has already claimed the child as a dependent because the other parent has custody more than half the nights of the year, then you don't qualify to claim the child care credit, and your return is being rejected because you are listing the same dependent twice.  Delete the dependent and remove the credit.

If the other parent did not have custody more than half the nights of the year, and is only claiming the dependent because you gave them a signed release form, then your return is being rejected because the other parent made a mistake and claimed the wrong dependent benefits for the child. You can print your return and mail it in, and the IRS will pay the credit, but they will also start an investigation of both parents to determine who can legitimately claim the child as a dependent.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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Level 15

My ex spouse claimed my daughter this year but I paid over 5,000 to YMCA for before and after school care? When I try to claim this the IRS rejects my tax documents.

Only the custodial parent can claim the childcare credit.  Who did the child live with over 50% of the time?
**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Level 15

My ex spouse claimed my daughter this year but I paid over 5,000 to YMCA for before and after school care? When I try to claim this the IRS rejects my tax documents.

Your "spouse" ?   Are you still married ?   If you didn't file a joint return then that credit is not allowed on either married filing separate returns.   So do you live apart ?
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My ex spouse claimed my daughter this year but I paid over 5,000 to YMCA for before and after school care? When I try to claim this the IRS rejects my tax documents.

I need to rephrase that its my ex and we are divorced.
Level 15

My ex spouse claimed my daughter this year but I paid over 5,000 to YMCA for before and after school care? When I try to claim this the IRS rejects my tax documents.

If you are married filing separately, you can't take the credit.

If you are divorced or separated and sharing custody, you can't claim the child care credit unless you either 

a) report the child as a full dependent because the child lived with you more than half the year and you are not sharing the dependent exemption with the other parent, or

b) report that you had custody more than half the year, but are not claiming the dependent because you released the exemption to the other parent.

If the other parent has already claimed the child as a dependent because the other parent has custody more than half the nights of the year, then you don't qualify to claim the child care credit, and your return is being rejected because you are listing the same dependent twice.  Delete the dependent and remove the credit.

If the other parent did not have custody more than half the nights of the year, and is only claiming the dependent because you gave them a signed release form, then your return is being rejected because the other parent made a mistake and claimed the wrong dependent benefits for the child. You can print your return and mail it in, and the IRS will pay the credit, but they will also start an investigation of both parents to determine who can legitimately claim the child as a dependent.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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