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File free state tax return (However, see Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self under Earned Income Test, later. File free state tax return ) You must pay child and dependent care expenses so you (and your spouse if filing jointly) can work or look for work. File free state tax return (See Work-Related Expense Test, later. File free state tax return ) You must make payments for child and dependent care to someone you (and your spouse) cannot claim as a dependent. File free state tax return If you make payments to your child, he or she cannot be your dependent and must be age 19 or older by the end of the year. File free state tax return You cannot make payments to: Your spouse, or The parent of your qualifying person if your qualifying person is your child and under age 13. File free state tax return See Payments to Relatives or Dependents under Work-Related Expense Test, later. File free state tax return Your filing status may be single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. File free state tax return If you are married, you must file a joint return, unless an exception applies to you. File free state tax return See Joint Return Test, later. File free state tax return You must identify the care provider on your tax return. File free state tax return (See Provider Identification Test, later. File free state tax return ) If you exclude or deduct dependent care benefits provided by a dependent care benefit plan, the total amount you exclude or deduct must be less than the dollar limit for qualifying expenses (generally, $3,000 if one qualifying person was cared for or $6,000 if two or more qualifying persons were cared for). File free state tax return (If two or more qualifying persons were cared for, the amount you exclude or deduct will always be less than the dollar limit, since the total amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to $5,000. File free state tax return See Reduced Dollar Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. File free state tax return ) These tests are presented in Figure A and are also explained in detail in this publication. File free state tax return Qualifying Person Test Your child and dependent care expenses must be for the care of one or more qualifying persons. File free state tax return A qualifying person is: Your qualifying child who is your dependent and who was under age 13 when the care was provided (but see Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart , later), Your spouse who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself and lived with you for more than half the year, or A person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, lived with you for more than half the year, and either: Was your dependent, or Would have been your dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. File free state tax return Dependent defined. File free state tax return   A dependent is a person, other than you or your spouse, for whom you can claim an exemption. File free state tax return To be your dependent, a person must be your qualifying child (or your qualifying relative). File free state tax return Qualifying child. File free state tax return   To be your qualifying child, a child must live with you for more than half the year and meet other requirements. File free state tax return More information. File free state tax return   For more information about who is a dependent or a qualifying child, see Publication 501. File free state tax return Physically or mentally not able to care for oneself. File free state tax return   Persons who cannot dress, clean, or feed themselves because of physical or mental problems are considered not able to care for themselves. File free state tax return Also, persons who must have constant attention to prevent them from injuring themselves or others are considered not able to care for themselves. File free state tax return Person qualifying for part of year. 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File free state tax return If the correct information is not shown, the credit may be reduced or disallowed. File free state tax return Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) for aliens. File free state tax return   If your qualifying person is a nonresident or resident alien who does not have and cannot get a social security number (SSN), use that person's ITIN. File free state tax return The ITIN is entered wherever an SSN is requested on a tax return. File free state tax return If the alien does not have an ITIN, he or she must apply for one. File free state tax return See Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, for details. File free state tax return   An ITIN is for tax use only. File free state tax return It does not entitle the holder to social security benefits or change the holder's employment or immigration status under U. File free state tax return S. File free state tax return law. File free state tax return Adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). File free state tax return   If your qualifying person is a child who was placed in your home for adoption and for whom you do not have an SSN, you must get an ATIN for the child. File free state tax return File Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U. File free state tax return S. File free state tax return Adoptions. File free state tax return Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart. File free state tax return   Even if you cannot claim your child as a dependent, he or she is treated as your qualifying person if: The child was under age 13 or was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, The child received over half of his or her support during the calendar year from one or both parents who are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, are separated under a written separation agreement, or lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the calendar year, The child was in the custody of one or both parents for more than half the year, and You were the child's custodial parent. File free state tax return   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights in 2013. File free state tax return If the child was with each parent for an equal number of nights, the custodial parent is the parent with the higher adjusted gross income. File free state tax return For details and an exception for a parent who works at night, see Publication 501. File free state tax return   The noncustodial parent cannot treat the child as a qualifying person even if that parent is entitled to claim the child as a dependent under the special rules for a child of divorced or separated parents. File free state tax return Please click here for the text description of the image. File free state tax return Figure a. File free state tax return Can you claim the credit Earned Income Test To claim the credit, you (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. File free state tax return Earned income. File free state tax return   Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, other taxable employee compensation, and net earnings from self-employment. File free state tax return A net loss from self-employment reduces earned income. File free state tax return Earned income also includes strike benefits and any disability pay you report as wages. File free state tax return   Generally, only taxable compensation is included. File free state tax return However, you can elect to include nontaxable combat pay in earned income. File free state tax return If you are filing a joint return and both you and your spouse received nontaxable combat pay, you can each make your own election. File free state tax return (In other words, if one of you makes the election, the other one can also make it but does not have to. File free state tax return ) Including this income will give you a larger credit only if your (or your spouse's) other earned income is less than the amount entered on line 3 of Form 2441. File free state tax return You should figure your credit both ways and make the election if it gives you a greater tax benefit. File free state tax return    You can choose to include your nontaxable combat pay in earned income when figuring your credit for child and dependent care expenses, even if you choose not to include it in earned income for the earned income credit or the exclusion or deduction for dependent care benefits. File free state tax return Members of certain religious faiths opposed to social security. File free state tax return   This section is for persons who are members of certain religious faiths that are opposed to participation in Social Security Act programs and have an IRS-approved form that exempts certain income from social security and Medicare taxes. File free state tax return These forms are: Form 4361, Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners, and Form 4029, Application for Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Waiver of Benefits, for use by members of recognized religious groups. File free state tax return   Each form is discussed here in terms of what is or is not earned income for purposes of the child and dependent care credit. File free state tax return For information on the use of these forms, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. File free state tax return Form 4361. File free state tax return   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4361, amounts you received for performing ministerial duties as an employee are earned income. File free state tax return This includes wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation. File free state tax return   However, amounts you received for ministerial duties, but not as an employee, do not count as earned income. File free state tax return Examples include fees for performing marriages and honoraria for delivering speeches. File free state tax return   Any amount you received for work that is not related to your ministerial duties is earned income. File free state tax return Form 4029. File free state tax return   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4029, all wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation are earned income. File free state tax return   However, amounts you received as a self-employed individual do not count as earned income. File free state tax return What is not earned income?   Earned income does not include: Pensions and annuities, Social security and railroad retirement benefits, Workers' compensation, Interest and dividends, Unemployment compensation, Scholarships or fellowship grants, except for those reported on Form W-2 and paid to you for teaching or other services, Nontaxable workfare payments, Child support payments received, Income of a nonresident alien that is not effectively connected with a U. File free state tax return S. File free state tax return trade or business, or Any amount received for work while an inmate in a penal institution. File free state tax return Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self. File free state tax return   Your spouse is treated as having earned income for any month that he or she is: A full-time student, or Physically or mentally not able to care for himself or herself. File free state tax return (Your spouse also must live with you for more than half the year. File free state tax return )   If you are filing a joint return, this rule also applies to you. File free state tax return You can be treated as having earned income for any month you are a full-time student or not able to care for yourself. File free state tax return   Figure the earned income of the nonworking spouse, described under (1) or (2) above, as shown under Earned Income Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. File free state tax return   This rule applies to only one spouse for any one month. File free state tax return If, in the same month, both you and your spouse do not work and are either full-time students or not physically or mentally able to care for yourselves, only one of you can be treated as having earned income in that month. File free state tax return Full-time student. File free state tax return    You are a full-time student if you are enrolled at a school for the number of hours or classes that the school considers full time. File free state tax return You must have been a full-time student for some part of each of 5 calendar months during the year. File free state tax return (The months need not be consecutive. File free state tax return ) School. File free state tax return   The term “school” includes high schools, colleges, universities, and technical, trade, and mechanical schools. File free state tax return A school does not include an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet. File free state tax return Work-Related Expense Test Child and dependent care expenses must be work-related to qualify for the credit. File free state tax return Expenses are considered work-related only if both of the following are true. File free state tax return They allow you (and your spouse if filing jointly) to work or look for work. File free state tax return They are for a qualifying person's care. File free state tax return Working or Looking for Work To be work-related, your expenses must allow you to work or look for work. File free state tax return If you are married, generally both you and your spouse must work or look for work. File free state tax return One spouse is treated as working during any month he or she is a full-time student or is not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself. File free state tax return Your work can be for others or in your own business or partnership. File free state tax return It can be either full time or part time. File free state tax return Work also includes actively looking for work. File free state tax return However, if you do not find a job and have no earned income for the year, you cannot take this credit. File free state tax return See Earned Income Test, earlier. File free state tax return An expense is not considered work-related merely because you had it while you were working. File free state tax return The purpose of the expense must be to allow you to work. File free state tax return Whether your expenses allow you to work or look for work depends on the facts. File free state tax return Example 1. File free state tax return The cost of a babysitter while you and your spouse go out to eat is not normally a work-related expense. File free state tax return Example 2. File free state tax return You work during the day. File free state tax return Your spouse works at night and sleeps during the day. File free state tax return You pay for care of your 5-year-old child during the hours when you are working and your spouse is sleeping. File free state tax return Your expenses are considered work-related. File free state tax return Volunteer work. File free state tax return   For this purpose, you are not considered to be working if you do unpaid volunteer work or volunteer work for a nominal salary. File free state tax return Work for part of year. File free state tax return   If you work or actively look for work during only part of the period covered by the expenses, then you must figure your expenses for each day. File free state tax return For example, if you work all year and pay care expenses of $250 a month ($3,000 for the year), all the expenses are work related. File free state tax return However, if you work or look for work for only 2 months and 15 days during the year and pay expenses of $250 a month, your work-related expenses are limited to $625 (2½ months × $250). File free state tax return Temporary absence from work. File free state tax return   You do not have to figure your expenses for each day during a short, temporary absence from work, such as for vacation or a minor illness, if you have to pay for care anyway. File free state tax return Instead, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for the period of absence. File free state tax return   An absence of 2 weeks or less is a short, temporary absence. File free state tax return An absence of more than 2 weeks may be considered a short, temporary absence, depending on the circumstances. File free state tax return Example. File free state tax return You pay a nanny to care for your 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter so you can work. File free state tax return You become ill and miss 4 months of work but receive sick pay. File free state tax return You continue to pay the nanny to care for the children while you are ill. File free state tax return Your absence is not a short, temporary absence, and your expenses are not considered work-related. File free state tax return Part-time work. File free state tax return   If you work part-time, you generally must figure your expenses for each day. File free state tax return However, if you have to pay for care weekly, monthly, or in another way that includes both days worked and days not worked, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for days you did not work. File free state tax return Any day when you work at least 1 hour is a day of work. File free state tax return Example 1. File free state tax return You work 3 days a week. File free state tax return While you work, your 6-year-old child attends a dependent care center, which complies with all state and local regulations. File free state tax return You can pay the center $150 for any 3 days a week or $250 for 5 days a week. File free state tax return Your child attends the center 5 days a week. File free state tax return Your work-related expenses are limited to $150 a week. File free state tax return Example 2. File free state tax return The facts are the same as in Example 1 except the center does not offer a 3-day option. File free state tax return The entire $250 weekly fee may be a work-related expense. File free state tax return Care of a Qualifying Person To be work-related, your expenses must be to provide care for a qualifying person. File free state tax return You do not have to choose the least expensive way of providing the care. File free state tax return The cost of a paid care provider may be an expense for the care of a qualifying person even if another care provider is available at no cost. File free state tax return Expenses are for the care of a qualifying person only if their main purpose is the person's well-being and protection. 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File free state tax return   Expenses to attend kindergarten or a higher grade are not expenses for care. File free state tax return Do not use these expenses to figure your credit. File free state tax return   However, expenses for before- or after-school care of a child in kindergarten or a higher grade may be expenses for care. File free state tax return   Summer school and tutoring programs are not for care. File free state tax return Example 1. File free state tax return You take your 3-year-old child to a nursery school that provides lunch and a few educational activities as part of its preschool childcare service. File free state tax return The lunch and educational activities are incidental to the childcare, and their cost cannot be separated from the cost of care. File free state tax return You can count the total cost when you figure the credit. File free state tax return Example 2. 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File free state tax return   You can count care provided outside your home by a dependent care center only if the center complies with all state and local regulations that apply to these centers. File free state tax return   A dependent care center is a place that provides care for more than six persons (other than persons who live there) and receives a fee, payment, or grant for providing services for any of those persons, even if the center is not run for profit. File free state tax return Camp. File free state tax return   The cost of sending your child to an overnight camp is not considered a work-related expense. File free state tax return    The cost of sending your child to a day camp may be a work-related expense, even if the camp specializes in a particular activity, such as computers or soccer. File free state tax return Transportation. File free state tax return   If a care provider takes a qualifying person to or from a place where care is provided, that transportation is for the care of the qualifying person. File free state tax return This includes transportation by bus, subway, taxi, or private car. File free state tax return However, transportation not provided by a care provider is not for the care of a qualifying person. File free state tax return Also, if you pay the transportation cost for the care provider to come to your home, that expense is not for care of a qualifying person. File free state tax return Fees and deposits. File free state tax return   Fees you paid to an agency to get the services of a care provider, deposits you paid to an agency or preschool, application fees, and other indirect expenses are work-related expenses if you have to pay them to get care, even though they are not directly for care. 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File free state tax return   The taxes you pay on wages for qualifying child and dependent care services are work-related expenses. File free state tax return For more information on a household employer's tax responsibilities, see Employment Taxes for Household Employers, later. File free state tax return Payments to Relatives or Dependents You can count work-related payments you make to relatives who are not your dependents, even if they live in your home. File free state tax return However, do not count any amounts you pay to: A dependent for whom you (or your spouse if filing jointly) can claim an exemption, Your child who was under age 19 at the end of the year, even if he or she is not your dependent, A person who was your spouse any time during the year, or The parent of your qualifying person if your qualifying person is your child and under age 13. File free state tax return Joint Return Test Generally, married couples must file a joint return to take the credit. 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File free state tax return Your spouse does not live in your home for the last 6 months of the year. File free state tax return Costs of keeping up a home. File free state tax return   The costs of keeping up a home normally include property taxes, mortgage interest, rent, utility charges, home repairs, insurance on the home, and food eaten at home. File free state tax return   The costs of keeping up a home do not include payments for clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, transportation, or mortgage principal. File free state tax return   They also do not include the purchase, permanent improvement, or replacement of property. File free state tax return For example, you cannot include the cost of replacing a water heater. File free state tax return However, you can include the cost of repairing a water heater. File free state tax return Death of spouse. 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File free state tax return    If the care provider is an individual, the taxpayer identification number is his or her social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. File free state tax return If the care provider is an organization, then it is the employer identification number (EIN). File free state tax return   You do not have to show the taxpayer identification number if the care provider is a tax-exempt organization (such as a church or school). File free state tax return In this case, enter “Tax-Exempt” in the space where Form 2441 asks for the number. File free state tax return   If you cannot provide all of the information or the information is incorrect, you must be able to show that you used due diligence (discussed later) in trying to furnish the necessary information. File free state tax return Getting the information. File free state tax return    You can use Form W-10, Dependent Care Provider's Identification and Certification, to request the required information from the care provider. File free state tax return If you do not use Form W-10, you can get the information from one of the other sources listed in the instructions for Form W-10, including: A copy of the provider's social security card, A copy of the provider's completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, if he or she is your household employee, A copy of the statement furnished by your employer if the provider is your employer's dependent care plan, or A letter or invoice from the provider if it shows the necessary information. File free state tax return    You should keep this information with your tax records. File free state tax return Do not send Form W-10 (or other document containing this information) to the Internal Revenue Service. File free state tax return Due diligence. File free state tax return   If the care provider information you give is incorrect or incomplete, your credit may not be allowed. File free state tax return However, if you can show that you used due diligence in trying to supply the information, you can still claim the credit. File free state tax return   You can show due diligence by getting and keeping the provider's completed Form W-10 or one of the other sources of information just listed. File free state tax return Care providers can be penalized if they do not provide this information to you or if they provide incorrect information. File free state tax return Provider refusal. File free state tax return    If the provider refuses to give you the identifying information, you should report on Form 2441 whatever information you have (such as the name and address). File free state tax return Enter “See Attached Statement” in the columns calling for the information you do not have. File free state tax return Then attach a statement explaining that you requested the information from the care provider, but the provider did not give you the information. File free state tax return Be sure to write your name and social security number on this statement. File free state tax return The statement will show that you used due diligence in trying to furnish the necessary information. File free state tax return U. File free state tax return S. File free state tax return citizens and resident aliens living abroad. File free state tax return   If you are living abroad, your care provider may not have, and may not be required to get, a U. File free state tax return S. File free state tax return taxpayer identification number (for example, an SSN or an EIN). File free state tax return If so, enter “LAFCP” (Living Abroad Foreign Care Provider) in the space for the care provider's taxpayer identification number. File free state tax return How To Figure the Credit Your credit is a percentage of your work-related expenses. File free state tax return Your expenses are subject to the earned income limit and the dollar limit. File free state tax return The percentage is based on your adjusted gross income. File free state tax return Figuring Total Work-Related Expenses To figure the credit for 2013 work-related expenses, count only those you paid by December 31, 2013. File free state tax return Expenses prepaid in an earlier year. File free state tax return   If you pay for services before they are provided, you can count the prepaid expenses only in the year the care is received. File free state tax return Claim the expenses for the later year as if they were actually paid in that later year. File free state tax return Expenses not paid until the following year. File free state tax return   Do not count 2012 expenses that you paid in 2013 as work-related expenses for 2013. File free state tax return You may be able to claim an additional credit for them on your 2013 return, but you must figure it separately. File free state tax return See Payments for prior year's expenses under Amount of Credit, later. File free state tax return If you had expenses in 2013 that you did not pay until 2014, you cannot count them when figuring your 2013 credit. File free state tax return You may be able to claim a credit for them on your 2014 return. File free state tax return Expenses reimbursed. File free state tax return   If a state social services agency pays you a nontaxable amount to reimburse you for some of your child and dependent care expenses, you cannot count the expenses that are reimbursed as work-related expenses. File free state tax return Example. File free state tax return You paid work-related expenses of $3,000. File free state tax return You are reimbursed $2,000 by a state social services agency. File free state tax return You can use only $1,000 to figure your credit. File free state tax return Medical expenses. File free state tax return   Some expenses for the care of qualifying persons who are not able to care for themselves may qualify as work-related expenses and also as medical expenses. File free state tax return You can use them either way, but you cannot use the same expenses to claim both a credit and a medical expense deduction. File free state tax return   If you use these expenses to figure the credit and they are more than the earned income limit or the dollar limit, discussed later, you can add the excess to your medical expenses. File free state tax return However, if you use your total expenses to figure your medical expense deduction, you cannot use any part of them to figure your credit. File free state tax return For information on medical expenses, see Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. File free state tax return    Amounts excluded from your income under your employer's dependent care benefits plan cannot be used to claim a medical expense deduction. File free state tax return Dependent Care Benefits If you receive dependent care benefits, your dollar limit for purposes of the credit may be reduced. File free state tax return See Reduced Dollar Limit, later. File free state tax return But, even if you cannot take the credit, you may be able to take an exclusion or deduction for the dependent care benefits. File free state tax return Dependent care benefits. File free state tax return    Dependent care benefits include: Amounts your employer paid directly to either you or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person while you work, The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer, and Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. File free state tax return Your salary may have been reduced to pay for these benefits. File free state tax return If you received benefits as an employee, they should be shown in box 10 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. File free state tax return See Statement for employee, later. File free state tax return Benefits you received as a partner should be shown in box 13 of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) with code O. File free state tax return   Enter the amount of these benefits on Form 2441, Part III, line 12. File free state tax return Exclusion or deduction. File free state tax return   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. File free state tax return Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. File free state tax return To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441. File free state tax return You cannot use Form 1040EZ. File free state tax return   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. File free state tax return Therefore, you would not get an exclusion from wages. File free state tax return Instead, you would get a deduction on Form 1040, Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. File free state tax return To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. File free state tax return   The amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to the smallest of: The total amount of dependent care benefits you received during the year, The total amount of qualified expenses you incurred during the year, Your earned income, Your spouse's earned income, or $5,000 ($2,500 if married filing separately). File free state tax return   The definition of earned income for the exclusion or deduction is the same as the definition used when figuring the credit except that earned income for the exclusion or deduction does not include any dependent care benefits you receive. File free state tax return    You can choose to include your nontaxable combat pay in earned income when figuring your exclusion or deduction, even if you choose not to include it in earned income for the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. File free state tax return Statement for employee. File free state tax return   Your employer must give you a Form W-2 (or similar statement), showing in box 10 the total amount of dependent care benefits provided to you during the year under a qualified plan. File free state tax return Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $5,000 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. File free state tax return Effect of exclusion on credit. File free state tax return   If you exclude dependent care benefits from your income, the amount of the excluded benefits: Is not included in your work-related expenses, and Reduces the dollar limit, discussed later. File free state tax return Earned Income Limit The amount of work-related expenses you use to figure your credit cannot be more than: Your earned income for the year, if you are single at the end of the year, or The smaller of your or your spouse's earned income for the year if you are married at the end of the year. File free state tax return Earned income for the purpose of figuring the credit is defined under Earned Income Test, earlier. File free state tax return For purposes of item (2), use your spouse's earned income for the entire year, even if you were married for only part of the year. File free state tax return Example. File free state tax return You remarried on December 3. File free state tax return Your earned income for the year was $18,000. File free state tax return Your new spouse's earned income for the year was $2,000. File free state tax return You paid work-related expenses of $3,000 for the care of your 5-year-old child and qualified to claim the credit. File free state tax return The amount of expenses you use to figure your credit cannot be more than $2,000 (the smaller of your earned income or that of your spouse). File free state tax return Separated spouse. File free state tax return   If you are legally separated or married and living apart from your spouse (as described under Joint Return Test, earlier), you are not considered married for purposes of the earned income limit. File free state tax return Use only your income in figuring the earned income limit. File free state tax return Surviving spouse. File free state tax return   If your spouse died during the year and you file a joint return as a surviving spouse, you may, but are not required to, take into account the earned income of your spouse who died during the year. File free state tax return Community property laws. File free state tax return   Disregard community property laws when you figure earned income for this credit. File free state tax return Self-employment earnings. File free state tax return   If you are self-employed, include your net earnings in earned income. File free state tax return For purposes of the child and dependent care credit, net earnings from self-employment generally means the amount from Schedule SE (either Section A or Section B), line 3, minus any deduction for self-employment tax on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 27. File free state tax return Include your self-employment earnings in earned income, even if they are less than $400 and you did not file Schedule SE. File free state tax return Clergy or church employee. File free state tax return   If you are a member of the clergy or a church employee, see the Instructions for Form 2441 for details. File free state tax return Statutory employee. File free state tax return   If you filed Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040) to report income as a statutory employee, also include as earned income the amount from line 1 of that Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040). File free state tax return Net loss. File free state tax return   You must reduce your earned income by any net loss from self-employment. File free state tax return Optional method if earnings are low or a net loss. File free state tax return   If your net earnings from self-employment are low or you have a net loss, you may be able to figure your net earnings by using an optional method instead of the regular method. File free state tax return Get Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for details. File free state tax return If you use an optional method to figure net earnings for self-employment tax purposes, include those net earnings in your earned income for this credit. File free state tax return In this case, subtract any deduction you claimed on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 27, from the total of the amounts on Schedule SE, Section B, lines 3 and 4b, to figure your net earnings. File free state tax return You or your spouse is a student or not able to care for self. File free state tax return   Your spouse who is either a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself is treated as having earned income. File free state tax return His or her earned income for each month is considered to be at least $250 if there is one qualifying person in your home, or at least $500 if there are two or more. File free state tax return Spouse works. File free state tax return   If your spouse works during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or his or her actual earned income for that month. File free state tax return Spouse qualifies for part of month. File free state tax return   If your spouse is a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself for only part of a month, the full $250 (or $500) still applies for that month. File free state tax return You are a student or not able to care for self. File free state tax return   These rules also apply if you are a student or not able to care for yourself and are filing a joint return. File free state tax return For each month or part of a month you are a student or not able to care for yourself, your earned income is considered to be at least $250 (or $500). File free state tax return If you also work during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or your actual earned income for that month. File free state tax return Both spouses qualify. File free state tax return   If, in the same month, both you and your spouse are either full-time students or not able to care for yourselves, only one spouse can be considered to have this earned income of $250 (or $500) for that month. File free state tax return Example. File free state tax return Jim works and keeps up a home for himself and his wife Sharon. File free state tax return Because of an accident, Sharon is not able to care for herself for 11 months during the tax year. File free state tax return During the 11 months, Jim pays $3,300 of work-related expenses for Sharon's care. File free state tax return These expenses also qualify as medical expenses. File free state tax return Their adjusted gross income is $29,000 and the entire amount is Jim's earned income. File free state tax return Jim and Sharon's earned income limit is the smallest of the following amounts. File free state tax return   Jim and Sharon's Earned Income Limit   1) Work-related expenses Jim paid $   3,300   2) Jim's earned income $   29,000   3) Income considered earned by Sharon (11 × $250) $    2,750   Jim and Sharon can use $2,750 to figure the credit and treat the balance of $550 ($3,300 − $2,750) as a medical expense. File free state tax return However, if they use the $3,300 first as a medical expense, they cannot use any part of that amount to figure the credit. File free state tax return Dollar Limit There is a dollar limit on the amount of your work-related expenses you can use to figure the credit. File free state tax return This limit is $3,000 for one qualifying person, or $6,000 for two or more qualifying persons. File free state tax return If you paid work-related expenses for the care of two or more qualifying persons, the applicable dollar limit is $6,000. File free state tax return This limit does not need to be divided equally among them. File free state tax return For example, if your work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person are $3,200 and your work-related expenses for another qualifying person are $2,800, you can use the total, $6,000, when figuring the credit. File free state tax return Yearly limit. File free state tax return   The dollar limit is a yearly limit. File free state tax return The amount of the dollar limit remains the same no matter how long, during the year, you have a qualifying person in your household. File free state tax return Use the $3,000 limit if you paid work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person at any time during the year. File free state tax return Use $6,000 if you paid work-related expenses for the care of more than one qualifying person at any time during the year. File free state tax return Example 1. File free state tax return You pay $500 a month for after-school care for your son. File free state tax return He turned 13 on May 1 and is no longer a qualifying person. File free state tax return You can use the $2,000 of expenses for his care January through April to figure your credit because it is not more than the $3,000 yearly limit. File free state tax return Example 2. File free state tax return In July of this year, to permit your spouse to begin a new job, you enrolled your 3-year-old daughter in a nursery school that provides preschool childcare. File free state tax return You paid $300 per month for the childcare. File free state tax return You can use the full $1,800 you paid ($300 × 6 months) as qualified expenses because it is not more than the $3,000 yearly limit. File free state tax return Reduced Dollar Limit If you received dependent care benefits that you exclude or deduct from your income, you must subtract that amount from the dollar limit that applies to you. File free state tax return Your reduced dollar limit is figured on Form 2441, Part III. File free state tax return See Dependent Care Benefits, earlier, for information on excluding or deducting these benefits. File free state tax return Example 1. File free state tax return George is a widower with one child and earns $24,000 a year. File free state tax return He pays work-related expenses of $2,900 for the care of his 4-year-old child and qualifies to claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses. File free state tax return His employer pays an additional $1,000 under a qualified dependent care benefit plan. File free state tax return This $1,000 is excluded from George's income. File free state tax return Although the dollar limit for his work-related expenses is $3,000 (one qualifying person), George figures his credit on only $2,000 of the $2,900 work-related expenses he paid. File free state tax return This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. File free state tax return   George's Reduced Dollar Limit 1) Maximum allowable expenses for one qualifying person $3,000 2) Minus: Dependent care benefits George excludes from income −1,000 3) Reduced dollar limit on expenses George can use for the credit $2,000 Example 2. File free state tax return Randall is married and both he and his wife are employed. File free state tax return Each has earned income in excess of $6,000. File free state tax return They have two children, Anne and Andy, ages 2 and 4, who attend a daycare facility licensed and regulated by the state. File free state tax return Randall's work-related expenses are $6,000 for the year. File free state tax return Randall's employer has a dependent care assistance program as part of its cafeteria plan, which allows employees to make pre-tax contributions to a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. File free state tax return Randall has elected to take the maximum $5,000 exclusion from his salary to cover dependent care expenses through this program. File free state tax return Although the dollar limit for his work-related expenses is $6,000 (two or more qualifying persons), Randall figures his credit on only $1,000 of the $6,000 work-related expense paid. File free state tax return This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. File free state tax return   Randall's Reduced Dollar Limit 1) Maximum allowable expenses for two qualifying persons $6,000 2) Minus: Dependent care benefits selected from employer's cafeteria plan and  excluded from Randall's income −5,000 3) Reduced dollar limit on work-related expenses Randall can use for the credit $1,000 Amount of Credit To determine the amount of your credit, multiply your work-related expenses (after applying the earned income and dollar limits) by a percentage. File free state tax return This percentage depends on your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. File free state tax return The following table shows the percentage to use based on adjusted gross income. File free state tax return   IF your adjusted gross income is: THEN the       Over:       But not over:   percentage is:       $0   —   $15,000   35%       15,000   —   17,000   34%       17,000   —   19,000   33%       19,000   —   21,000   32%       21,000   —   23,000   31%       23,000   —   25,000   30%       25,000   —   27,000   29%       27,000   —   29,000   28%       29,000   —   31,000   27%       31,000   —   33,000   26%       33,000   —   35,000   25%       35,000   —   37,000   24%       37,000   —   39,000   23%       39,000   —   41,000   22%       41,000   —   43,000   21%       43,000   —   No limit   20%   To qualify for the credit, you must have one or more qualifying persons. File free state tax return You should show the expenses for each person on Form 2441, line 2, column (c). File free state tax return However, it is possible a qualifying person could have no expenses and a second qualifying person could have expenses exceeding $3,000. File free state tax return You should list -0- for the one person and the actual amount for the second person. File free state tax return The $6,000 limit that applies to two or more qualifying persons would still be used to compute your credit unless you already excluded or deducted, in Part III of Form 2441, certain dependent care benefits paid to you (or on your behalf) by your employer. File free state tax return Example. File free state tax return Roger and Megan Paris have two qualifying children. File free state tax return They received $1,000 of dependent care benefits from Megan's employer during 2013, but they incurred a total of $19,500 of child and dependent care expenses. File free state tax return They complete Part III of Form 2441 to exclude the $1,000 from their taxable income (offsetting $1,000 of their expenses). File free state tax return Roger and Megan continue to line 27 to figure their credit using the remaining $18,500 of expenses. File free state tax return Line 30 tells them to complete line 2 without including any dependent care benefits. File free state tax return They complete line 2 of Form 2441, listing both Susan and James, as shown in the Line 2 example above. File free state tax return Line 2 Example (a) Qualifying person's name (b) Qualifying person's social security number (c) Qualified expenses you incurred and paid in 2013 for the person listed in column (a) First Last Susan Paris 123-00-6789 -0- James Paris 987-00-4321 18,500. File free state tax return 00 All of Susan's expenses were covered by the $1,000 of employer-provided dependent care benefits. File free state tax return However, their son James has special needs and they paid $18,500 for his care. File free state tax return Line 3 imposes a $5,000 limit for two or more children ($6,000 limit, minus $1,000 already excluded from income = $5,000) and Roger and Megan continue to complete the form. File free state tax return Even though line 2 indicates one of the Paris children did not have any dependent care expenses, it does not change the fact that they had two qualifying children for the purposes of Form 2441. File free state tax return Payments for prior year's expenses. File free state tax return   If you had work-related expenses in 2012 that you paid in 2013, you may be able to increase the credit on your 2013 return. File free state tax return Attach a statement to your form showing how you figured the additional amount from 2012. File free state tax return Then enter “CPYE” (Credit for Prior Year Expenses) and the amount of the credit on the dotted line next to line 9 on Form 2441. File free state tax return Also enter the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses. File free state tax return Then add this credit to the amount on line 9, and replace the amount on line 9 with the total. File free state tax return See Worksheet A. File free state tax return Example. File free state tax return In 2012, Sam and Kate had childcare expenses of $2,600 for their 12-year-old child. File free state tax return Of the $2,600, they paid $2,000 in 2012 and $600 in 2013. File free state tax return Their adjusted gross income for 2012 was $30,000. File free state tax return Sam's earned income of $14,000 was less than Kate's earned income. File free state tax return A credit for their 2012 expenses paid in 2013 is not allowed in 2012. File free state tax return It is allowed for the 2013 tax year, but they must use their adjusted gross income for 2012 to compute the amount. File free state tax return The filled-in Worksheet A they used to figure this credit is shown later. File free state tax return Sam and Kate add the $162 from line 13 of this worksheet to their 2013 credit and enter the total on their Form 2441, line 9. File free state tax return They enter “CPYE $162” and their child's name and SSN in the space to the left of line 9. File free state tax return Worksheet A. File free state tax return Worksheet for 2012 Expenses Paid in 2013 Use this worksheet to figure the credit you may claim for 2012 expenses paid in 2013. File free state tax return 1. File free state tax return   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. File free state tax return     2. File free state tax return   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. File free state tax return     3. File free state tax return   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. File free state tax return     4. File free state tax return   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. File free state tax return     5. File free state tax return   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. File free state tax return     6. File free state tax return   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. File free state tax return     7. File free state tax return   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. File free state tax return     8. File free state tax return   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. File free state tax return     9. File free state tax return   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. File free state tax return     10. File free state tax return   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. File free state tax return If zero or less, stop here. File free state tax return You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. File free state tax return     11. File free state tax return   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. File free state tax return     12. File free state tax return   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. File free state tax return             IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over:   But not over:     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . File free state tax return 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . File free state tax return 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . File free state tax return 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . File free state tax return 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . File free state tax return 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . File free state tax return 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . File free state tax return 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . File free state tax return 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . File free state tax return 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . File free state tax return 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . File free state tax return 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . File free state tax return 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . File free state tax return 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . File free state tax return 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . File free state tax return 21                 43,000 — No limit     . File free state tax return 20           13. File free state tax return   Multiply line 10 by line 12. File free state tax return Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. File free state tax return Enter the following on the dotted line next to line 9 of Form 2441: “CPYE” The amount of this credit for a prior year's expenses           Also, attach a statement to your tax return showing the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses and how you figured the credit 13. File free state tax return       Worksheet A. File free state tax return Filled-in Worksheet for 2012 Expenses Paid in 2013 Use this worksheet to figure the credit you may claim for 2012 expenses paid in 2013. File free state tax return 1. File free state tax return   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. File free state tax return   $2,000 2. File free state tax return   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. File free state tax return   600 3. File free state tax return   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. File free state tax return   2,600 4. File free state tax return   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. File free state tax return   3,000 5. File free state tax return   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. File free state tax return   0 6. File free state tax return   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. File free state tax return   3,000 7. File free state tax return   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. File free state tax return   14,000 8. File free state tax return   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. File free state tax return   2,600 9. File free state tax return   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. File free state tax return   2,000 10. File free state tax return   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. File free state tax return If zero or less, stop here. File free state tax return You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. File free state tax return   600 11. File free state tax return   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. File free state tax return   30,000 12. File free state tax return   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. File free state tax return   . File free state tax return 27         IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over   But not over     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . File free state tax return 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . File free state tax return 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . File free state tax return 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . File free state tax return 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . File free state tax return 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . File free state tax return 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . File free state tax return 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . File free state tax return 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . File free state tax return 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . File free state tax return 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . File free state tax return 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . File free state tax return 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . File free state tax return 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . File free state tax return 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . File free state tax return 21                 43,000 — No limit     . File free state tax return 20           13. File free state tax return   Multiply line 10 by line 12. File free state tax return Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. File free state tax return Enter the following on the dotted line next to line 9 of Form 2441: “CPYE” The amount of this credit for a prior year's expenses             Also, attach a statement to your tax return showing the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses and how you figured the credit 13. File free state tax return   $162   How To Claim the Credit To claim the credit, you can file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. File free state tax return You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. File free state tax return Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. File free state tax return    You must complete Form 2441 and attach it to your Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. File free state tax return Enter the credit on your Form 1040, line 48; Form 1040A, line 29; or Form 1040NR, line 46. File free state tax return Limit on credit. File free state tax return    The amount of credit you can claim is limited to your tax. File free state tax return For more information, see the Instructions for Form 2441. File free state tax return Tax credit not refundable. File free state tax return   You cannot get a refund for any part of the credit that is more than this limit. File free state tax return Recordkeeping. File free state tax return You should keep records of your work-related expenses. 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The tax deadline’s almost here. If you haven’t yet filed, you may think you need to rush to find what you need to file your tax return. However, a quick and easy method to get help is to use IRS social media. It’s a convenient way to get the tax information and tools you need to help you file your federal tax return.

Consider using these IRS social media tools to help you navigate the tax deadline.

  • IRS2Go.  IRS's free mobile app gives you your refund status, tax news updates, IRS YouTube videos and lets you request your tax records. IRS2Go is available for the iPhone, iTouch or Android mobile devices.

  • YouTube.  IRS offers dozens of video tax tips on a variety of topics in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

  • Twitter.  Tweets from @IRSnews provide tax-related announcements and daily tax tips. Tweets from @IRStaxpros offer news and guidance for tax professionals. Tweets from @IRSenEspanol have news and information in Spanish, The Taxpayer Advocate Service sends tweets from @YourVoiceAtIRS. @RecruitmentIRS provides updates for job seekers.

  • Podcasts.  IRS has short audio recordings that offer one tax-related topic per podcast. They are available through the Multimedia Center on the IRS website. Podcast transcripts are also available.

  • Tumblr.  Follow the IRS on Tumblr and never miss a post! IRS Tumblr is a microblogging platform where users can access IRS tax tips, videos and podcasts. The IRS uses Tumblr to share information about important programs. Access Tumblr from your browser, Smartphone, tablet or desktop.

  • Facebook.  IRS has four Facebook pages that provide news and information for taxpayers and tax return preparers. You can check the IRS pages to get updates on job openings or for tax assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

Protecting your privacy is a top priority at the IRS. The IRS uses social media tools to share public information, not to answer personal tax or account questions. You should never post your Social Security number or any other confidential information on social media sites.

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