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Monday, May 25, 2015

The Child and Dependent Care Credit

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is not to be confused with the Child Tax Credit. This tax credit is available to those who have child/dependent care expenses that have incurred in order to enable you (the taxpayer) to be gainfully employed.

As the taxpayer, you must therefore provide more than half the cost of maintaining the household. The child dependent must be under the age of 13 at the end of the tax year, unless the dependent is physically/mentally incapacitated. In that case there is no age restriction.


You are eligible for the Child or Dependent Care Credit if:

  • The care costs were only for the purposes of enabling you to earn income
  • You provide more than half the cost of maintaining the household
  • Your child/dependent is under 13 at the end of the tax year 
    • OR your dependent/spouse is physically/mentally incapacitated

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