Keep the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit in Mind for Summer Planning
Anchorage - During the summer many parents may be planning the time between school years for their children while they work or look for work. The IRS wants to remind taxpayers that are considering their summer agenda to keep in mind a tax credit that can help them offset some day camp expenses.
“With school out for the summer, we know that parents are looking for ways to save money when it comes to child and dependent care,” said IRS spokesman David Tucker II. “Here are a few tips to keep in mind about the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.”
Below are six facts for taxpayers to know about The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which is available for expenses incurred during the summer and throughout the rest of the year:
Children must be under age 13 in order to qualify.
Taxpayers may qualify for the credit, whether the childcare provider is a sitter at home or a daycare facility outside the home.
You may use up to $3,000 of the unreimbursed expenses paid in a year for one qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals to figure the credit.
The credit can be up to 35 percent of qualifying expenses, depending on income.
Expenses for overnight camps or summer school/tutoring do not qualify.
Save receipts and paperwork as a reminder when filing your 2012 tax return. Remember to note the Employee Identification Number (EIN) of the camp as well as its location and the dates attended.
For more information check out IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. This publication is available at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).