Childcare is perhaps the steepest monthly expense many families can not shy away from. Parents or custodians are left with no choice than to pay for daycare for their infants or disabled adults under their care. However, families who are struggling to keep up with this ever-increasing bill can get a bit of respite from the IRS according to a recent post by the National Tax Reports. The post sheds light on the child and dependent care tax credit and how taxpayers can take advantage of this credit to cover the cost of their childcare.
The Child and Dependent Care Credit can cover a percentage of daycare costs up to a maximum of $3,000 for one dependent and it is capped at $6,000 for two or more dependents. This percentage can range from 20% to 35% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income. National Tax Report recommends using a free dependent online calculator to quickly estimate your credit amount. The online software will only ask simple questions about your family so as to ascertain who qualifies as a dependent on your tax return to help you get the biggest tax return.
There are just a few basic requirements to be met in order to qualify for the child and dependent care tax credit. First off, taxpayers must have a dependent child less than the age of 13 or an older child who is physically or mentally unable to care for himself due to disability. The purpose of paying child care for these dependents must be to allow both parents to work or get a job or attend school on a full-time basis. It is also expected that both parents must have earned income either from a job or through self-employment. The only exception to this is if one of the parents is disabled and incapable of caring for another person.
There are also rules concerning daycare. The person providing the daycare must not be listed as a dependent of the taxpayer. Summer day camps qualify as providers while overnight camps do not qualify. This is because the IRS does not think an overnight camp as a form of work-related expense.
For more information about the Child and Dependent Care Credit, please visit, https://nationaltaxreports.com/eligible-for-child-dependent-care-tax-credit/