what is regular income tax

I do not qualify for child and dependent care because i do not have regular income tax. What does regular income tax mean?


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They are referring to taxes on earned income.  This is different than a penalty or capital gains tax, for example.

The Child and Dependent care credit is what is called a non-refundable credit which means you have to have a tax liability to benefit from it.

Hope that helps to clarify.



The IRS Child and Dependent Care Expense Credit can reduce your tax bill if you paid for a dependent's care so that you could work or go to school full-time. There is no minimum amount you have to spend to qualify.

The credit is worth up to $3,000 per dependent – with a maximum of $6,000 for two or more dependents – as long as you (and your spouse, if you're filing jointly):

  1. Have earned income; and
  2. Paid someone else to care for a child under age 13, disabled spouse, or dependent; and
  3. Paid the expenses so you could work, look for work, or go to school full time.
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