How Does the Child and Dependent Care Expense Credit Work?
When you pay for a dependent's care so that you can work or go to school full-time, the Child and Dependent Care Expense Credit can reduce your tax bill.
Don't confuse the Child and Dependent Care Expense Credit (which is reported on Form 2441) with the similar-sounding Child Tax Credit (reported on Forms 1040/1040A and 8812).
To qualify for the Dependent Care Expense Credit, you (and when married, your spouse filing jointly) must:
- Have earned income; and
- Paid someone else to care for a child under age 13 for at least part of the year, or a disabled spouse, or dependent; and
- Paid the expenses so you could work, look for work, or go to school full time.
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