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H and r block free taxes 32. H and r block free taxes   Child and Dependent Care Credit Table of Contents Reminders Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Tests To Claim the CreditQualifying Person Test Earned Income Test Work-Related Expense Test Joint Return Test Provider Identification Test How To Figure the CreditFiguring Total Work-Related Expenses Earned Income Limit Dollar Limit Amount of Credit How To Claim the CreditTax credit not refundable. H and r block free taxes Employment Taxes for Household Employers Reminders Taxpayer identification number needed for each qualifying person. H and r block free taxes  You must include on line 2 of Form 2441 the name and taxpayer identification number (generally the social security number) of each qualifying person. H and r block free taxes See Taxpayer identification number under Qualifying Person Test, later. H and r block free taxes You may have to pay employment taxes. H and r block free taxes  If you pay someone to come to your home and care for your dependent or spouse, you may be a household employer who has to pay employment taxes. H and r block free taxes Usually, you are not a household employer if the person who cares for your dependent or spouse does so at his or her home or place of business. H and r block free taxes See Employment Taxes for Household Employers , later. H and r block free taxes Introduction This chapter discusses the credit for child and dependent care expenses and covers the following topics. H and r block free taxes Tests you must meet to claim the credit. H and r block free taxes How to figure the credit. H and r block free taxes How to claim the credit. H and r block free taxes Employment taxes you may have to pay as a household employer. H and r block free taxes You may be able to claim the credit if you pay someone to care for your dependent who is under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for himself or herself. H and r block free taxes The credit can be up to 35% of your expenses. H and r block free taxes To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work. H and r block free taxes This credit should not be confused with the child tax credit discussed in chapter 34. H and r block free taxes Dependent care benefits. H and r block free taxes   If you received any dependent care benefits from your employer during the year, you may be able to exclude from your income all or part of them. H and r block free taxes You must complete Form 2441, Part III, before you can figure the amount of your credit. H and r block free taxes See Dependent Care Benefits under How To Figure the Credit, later. H and r block free taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information 503 Child and Dependent Care Expenses 926 Household Employer's Tax Guide Form (and Instructions) 2441 Child and Dependent Care Expenses Schedule H (Form 1040) Household Employment Taxes W-7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number W-10 Dependent Care Provider's Identification and Certification Tests To Claim the Credit To be able to claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses, you must file Form 1040 or Form 1040A, not Form 1040EZ, and meet all the following tests. H and r block free taxes The care must be for one or more qualifying persons who are identified on Form 2441. H and r block free taxes (See Qualifying Person Test . H and r block free taxes ) You (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. H and r block free taxes (However, see Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self under Earned Income Test, later. H and r block free taxes ) You must pay child and dependent care expenses so you (and your spouse if filing jointly) can work or look for work. H and r block free taxes (See Work-Related Expense Test , later. H and r block free taxes ) You must make payments for child and dependent care to someone you (and your spouse) cannot claim as a dependent. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes (See Payments to Relatives or Dependents under Work-Related Expense Test, later. H and r block free taxes ) Your filing status may be single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. H and r block free taxes If you are married, you must file a joint return, unless an exception applies to you. H and r block free taxes (See Joint Return Test , later. H and r block free taxes ) You must identify the care provider on your tax return. H and r block free taxes (See Provider Identification Test , later. H and r block free taxes ) If you exclude or deduct dependent care benefits provided by a dependent care benefits 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). H and r block free taxes (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. H and r block free taxes See Reduced Dollar Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. H and r block free taxes ) These tests are presented in Figure 32-A and are also explained in detail in this chapter. H and r block free taxes Figure 32-A. H and r block free taxes Can You Claim the Credit? Please click here for the text description of the image. H and r block free taxes Figure 32-A Can You Claim the Credit? Qualifying Person Test Your child and dependent care expenses must be for the care of one or more qualifying persons. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Dependent defined. H and r block free taxes   A dependent is a person, other than you or your spouse, for whom you can claim an exemption. H and r block free taxes To be your dependent, a person must be your qualifying child (or your qualifying relative). H and r block free taxes Qualifying child. H and r block free taxes   To be your qualifying child, a child must live with you for more than half the year and meet other requirements. H and r block free taxes More information. H and r block free taxes   For more information about who is a dependent or a qualifying child, see chapter 3. H and r block free taxes Physically or mentally not able to care for oneself. H and r block free taxes   Persons who cannot dress, clean, or feed themselves because of physical or mental problems are considered not able to care for themselves. H and r block free taxes Also, persons who must have constant attention to prevent them from injuring themselves or others are considered not able to care for themselves. H and r block free taxes Person qualifying for part of year. H and r block free taxes   You determine a person's qualifying status each day. H and r block free taxes For example, if the person for whom you pay child and dependent care expenses no longer qualifies on September 16, count only those expenses through September 15. H and r block free taxes Also see Yearly limit under Dollar Limit, later. H and r block free taxes Birth or death of otherwise qualifying person. H and r block free taxes   In determining whether a person is a qualifying person, a person who was born or died in 2013 is treated as having lived with you for more than half of 2013 if your home was the person's home for more than half the time he or she was alive in 2013. H and r block free taxes Taxpayer identification number. H and r block free taxes   You must include on your return the name and taxpayer identification number (generally the social security number) of the qualifying person(s). H and r block free taxes If the correct information is not shown, the credit may be reduced or disallowed. H and r block free taxes Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) for aliens. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes The ITIN is entered wherever an SSN is requested on a tax return. H and r block free taxes To apply for an ITIN, see Form W-7. H and r block free taxes   An ITIN is for tax use only. H and r block free taxes It does not entitle the holder to social security benefits or change the holder's employment or immigration status under U. H and r block free taxes S. H and r block free taxes law. H and r block free taxes Adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes File Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U. H and r block free taxes S. H and r block free taxes Adoptions. H and r block free taxes Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights in 2013. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes For details and an exception for a parent who works at night, see Pub. H and r block free taxes 501. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Earned Income Test To claim the credit, you (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. H and r block free taxes Earned income. H and r block free taxes   Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, other taxable employee compensation, and net earnings from self-employment. H and r block free taxes A net loss from self-employment reduces earned income. H and r block free taxes Earned income also includes strike benefits and any disability pay you report as wages. H and r block free taxes   Generally, only taxable compensation is included. H and r block free taxes However, you can elect to include nontaxable combat pay in earned income. H and r block free taxes If you are filing a joint return and both you and your spouse received nontaxable combat pay, you can each make your own election. H and r block free taxes (In other words, if one of you makes the election, the other one can also make it but does not have to. H and r block free taxes ) You should figure your credit both ways and make the election if it gives you a greater tax benefit. H and r block free taxes Members of certain religious faiths opposed to social security. H and r block free taxes   Certain income earned by 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 may not be considered earned income for this purpose. H and r block free taxes See Earned Income Test in Publication 503. H and r block free taxes Not earned income. H and r block free taxes   Earned income does not include: Pensions and annuities, Social security and railroad retirement benefits, Workers' compensation, Interest and dividends, Unemployment compensation, Scholarship or fellowship grants, except for those reported on a Form W-2 and paid to you for teaching or other services, Nontaxable workfare payments, Child support payments received by you, Income of nonresident aliens that is not effectively connected with a U. H and r block free taxes S. H and r block free taxes trade or business, or Any amount received for work while an inmate in a penal institution. H and r block free taxes Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes (Your spouse also must live with you for more than half the year. H and r block free taxes )   If you are filing a joint return, this rule also applies to you. H and r block free taxes You can be treated as having earned income for any month you are a full-time student or not able to care for yourself. H and r block free taxes   Figure the earned income of the nonworking spouse described under (1) or (2) above as explained under Earned Income Limit , later. H and r block free taxes   This rule applies to only one spouse for any one month. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Full-time student. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes You must have been a full-time student for some part of each of 5 calendar months during the year. H and r block free taxes (The months need not be consecutive. H and r block free taxes ) School. H and r block free taxes   The term “school” includes high schools, colleges, universities, and technical, trade, and mechanical schools. H and r block free taxes A school does not include an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet. H and r block free taxes Work-Related Expense Test Child and dependent care expenses must be work-related to qualify for the credit. H and r block free taxes Expenses are considered work-related only if both of the following are true. H and r block free taxes They allow you (and your spouse if filing jointly) to work or look for work. H and r block free taxes They are for a qualifying person's care. H and r block free taxes Working or Looking for Work To be work-related, your expenses must allow you to work or look for work. H and r block free taxes If you are married, generally both you and your spouse must work or look for work. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Your work can be for others or in your own business or partnership. H and r block free taxes It can be either full time or part time. H and r block free taxes Work also includes actively looking for work. H and r block free taxes However, if you do not find a job and have no earned income for the year, you cannot take this credit. H and r block free taxes See Earned Income Test , earlier. H and r block free taxes An expense is not considered work-related merely because you had it while you were working. H and r block free taxes The purpose of the expense must be to allow you to work. H and r block free taxes Whether your expenses allow you to work or look for work depends on the facts. H and r block free taxes Example 1. H and r block free taxes The cost of a babysitter while you and your spouse go out to eat is not normally a work-related expense. H and r block free taxes Example 2. H and r block free taxes You work during the day. H and r block free taxes Your spouse works at night and sleeps during the day. H and r block free taxes You pay for care of your 5-year-old child during the hours when you are working and your spouse is sleeping. H and r block free taxes Your expenses are considered work-related. H and r block free taxes Volunteer work. H and r block free taxes    For this purpose, you are not considered to be working if you do unpaid volunteer work or volunteer work for a nominal salary. H and r block free taxes Work for part of year. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes 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). H and r block free taxes Temporary absence from work. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Instead, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for the period of absence. H and r block free taxes   An absence of 2 weeks or less is a short, temporary absence. H and r block free taxes An absence of more than 2 weeks may be considered a short, temporary absence, depending on the circumstances. H and r block free taxes Example. H and r block free taxes You pay a nanny to care for your 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter so you can work. H and r block free taxes You become ill and miss 4 months of work but receive sick pay. H and r block free taxes You continue to pay the nanny to care for the children while you are ill. H and r block free taxes Your absence is not a short, temporary absence, and your expenses are not considered work-related. H and r block free taxes Part-time work. H and r block free taxes   If you work part-time, you generally must figure your expenses for each day. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Any day when you work at least 1 hour is a day of work. H and r block free taxes Example 1. H and r block free taxes You work 3 days a week. H and r block free taxes While you work, your 6-year-old child attends a dependent care center, which complies with all state and local regulations. H and r block free taxes You can pay the center $150 for any 3 days a week or $250 for 5 days a week. H and r block free taxes Your child attends the center 5 days a week. H and r block free taxes Your work-related expenses are limited to $150 a week. H and r block free taxes Example 2. H and r block free taxes The facts are the same as in Example 1 except the center does not offer a 3-day option. H and r block free taxes The entire $250 weekly fee may be a work-related expense. H and r block free taxes Care of a Qualifying Person To be work-related, your expenses must be to provide care for a qualifying person. H and r block free taxes You do not have to choose the least expensive way of providing care. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Expenses are for the care of a qualifying person only if their main purpose is the person's well-being and protection. H and r block free taxes Expenses for household services qualify if part of the services is for the care of qualifying persons. H and r block free taxes See Household services , later. H and r block free taxes Expenses not for care. H and r block free taxes   Expenses for care do not include amounts you pay for food, lodging, clothing, education, and entertainment. H and r block free taxes However, you can include small amounts paid for these items if they are incidental to and cannot be separated from the cost of caring for the qualifying person. H and r block free taxes   Child support payments are not for care and do not qualify for the credit. H and r block free taxes Education. H and r block free taxes   Expenses for a child in nursery school, preschool, or similar programs for children below the level of kindergarten are expenses for care. H and r block free taxes Expenses to attend kindergarten or a higher grade are not expenses for care. H and r block free taxes Do not use these expenses to figure your credit. H and r block free taxes   However, expenses for before- or after-school care of a child in kindergarten or a higher grade may be expenses for care. H and r block free taxes   Summer school and tutoring programs are not for care. H and r block free taxes Example 1. H and r block free taxes You take your 3-year-old child to a nursery school that provides lunch and educational activities as a part of its preschool childcare service. H and r block free taxes The lunch and educational activities are incidental to the childcare, and their cost cannot be separated from the cost of care. H and r block free taxes You can count the total cost when you figure the credit. H and r block free taxes Example 2. H and r block free taxes You place your 10-year-old child in a boarding school so you can work full time. H and r block free taxes Only the part of the boarding school expense that is for the care of your child is a work-related expense. H and r block free taxes You can count that part of the expense in figuring your credit if it can be separated from the cost of education. H and r block free taxes You cannot count any part of the amount you pay the school for your child's education. H and r block free taxes Care outside your home. H and r block free taxes   You can count the cost of care provided outside your home if the care is for your dependent under age 13 or any other qualifying person who regularly spends at least 8 hours each day in your home. H and r block free taxes Dependent care center. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Camp. H and r block free taxes   The cost of sending your child to an overnight camp is not considered a work-related expense. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Transportation. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes This includes transportation by bus, subway, taxi, or private car. H and r block free taxes However, transportation not provided by a care provider is not for the care of a qualifying person. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Fees and deposits. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes However, a forfeited deposit is not for the care of a qualifying person if care is not provided. H and r block free taxes Example 1. H and r block free taxes You paid a fee to an agency to get the services of the nanny who cares for your 2-year-old daughter while you work. H and r block free taxes The fee you paid is a work-related expense. H and r block free taxes Example 2. H and r block free taxes You placed a deposit with a preschool to reserve a place for your 3-year-old child. H and r block free taxes You later sent your child to a different preschool and forfeited the deposit. H and r block free taxes The forfeited deposit is not for care and so is not a work-related expense. H and r block free taxes Household services. H and r block free taxes   Expenses you pay for household services meet the work-related expense test if they are at least partly for the well-being and protection of a qualifying person. H and r block free taxes   Household services are ordinary and usual services done in and around your home that are necessary to run your home. H and r block free taxes They include the services of a housekeeper, maid, or cook. H and r block free taxes However, they do not include the services of a chauffeur, bartender, or gardener. H and r block free taxes See Household Services in Publication 503 for more information. H and r block free taxes   In this chapter, the term housekeeper refers to any household employee whose services include the care of a qualifying person. H and r block free taxes Taxes paid on wages. H and r block free taxes   The taxes you pay on wages for qualifying child and dependent care services are work-related expenses. H and r block free taxes See Employment Taxes for Household Employers , later. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Joint Return Test Generally, married couples must file a joint return to take the credit. H and r block free taxes However, if you are legally separated or living apart from your spouse, you may be able to file a separate return and still take the credit. H and r block free taxes Legally separated. H and r block free taxes   You are not considered married if you are legally separated from your spouse under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. H and r block free taxes You may be eligible to take the credit on your return using head of household filing status. H and r block free taxes Married and living apart. H and r block free taxes   You are not considered married and are eligible to take the credit if all the following apply. H and r block free taxes You file a return apart from your spouse. H and r block free taxes Your home is the home of a qualifying person for more than half the year. H and r block free taxes You pay more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the year. H and r block free taxes Your spouse does not live in your home for the last 6 months of the year. H and r block free taxes Costs of keeping up a home. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes   The costs of keeping up a home do not include payments for clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, transportation, or mortgage principal. H and r block free taxes   They also do not include the purchase, permanent improvement, or replacement of property. H and r block free taxes For example, you cannot include the cost of replacing a water heater. H and r block free taxes However, you can include the cost of repairing a water heater. H and r block free taxes Death of spouse. H and r block free taxes   If your spouse died during the year and you do not remarry before the end of the year, you generally must file a joint return to take the credit. H and r block free taxes If you do remarry before the end of the year, the credit can be claimed on your deceased spouse's return. H and r block free taxes Provider Identification Test You must identify all persons or organizations that provide care for your child or dependent. H and r block free taxes Use Form 2441, Part I, to show the information. H and r block free taxes If you do not have any care providers and you are filing Form 2441 only to report taxable income in Part III, enter “none” in line 1, column (a). H and r block free taxes Information needed. H and r block free taxes   To identify the care provider, you must give the provider's: Name, Address, and Taxpayer identification number. H and r block free taxes   If the care provider is an individual, the taxpayer identification number is his or her social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. H and r block free taxes If the care provider is an organization, then it is the employer identification number (EIN). H and r block free taxes   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). H and r block free taxes In this case, enter “Tax-Exempt” in the space where Form 2441 asks for the number. H and r block free taxes   If you cannot provide all of the information or if the information is incorrect, you must be able to show that you used due diligence (discussed later) in trying to furnish the necessary information. H and r block free taxes Getting the information. H and r block free taxes   You can use Form W-10 to request the required information from the care provider. H and r block free taxes 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 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 information. H and r block free taxes    You should keep this information with your tax records. H and r block free taxes Do not send Form W-10 (or other document containing this information) to the Internal Revenue Service. H and r block free taxes Due diligence. H and r block free taxes   If the care provider information you give is incorrect or incomplete, your credit may not be allowed. H and r block free taxes However, if you can show that you used due diligence in trying to supply the information, you can still claim the credit. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Care providers can be penalized if they do not provide this information to you or if they provide incorrect information. H and r block free taxes Provider refusal. H and r block free taxes   If the provider refuses to give you their identifying information, you should report on Form 2441 whatever information you have (such as the name and address). H and r block free taxes Enter “See Attached Statement” in the columns calling for the information you do not have. H and r block free taxes Then attach a statement explaining that you requested the information from the care provider, but the provider did not give you the information. H and r block free taxes Be sure to write your name and social security number on this statement. H and r block free taxes The statement will show that you used due diligence in trying to furnish the necessary information. H and r block free taxes U. H and r block free taxes S. H and r block free taxes citizens and resident aliens living abroad. H and r block free taxes   If you are living abroad, your care provider may not have, and may not be required to get, a U. H and r block free taxes S. H and r block free taxes taxpayer identification number (for example, an SSN or EIN). H and r block free taxes If so, enter “LAFCP” (Living Abroad Foreign Care Provider) in the space for the care provider's taxpayer identification number. H and r block free taxes How To Figure the Credit Your credit is a percentage of your work-related expenses. H and r block free taxes Your expenses are subject to the earned income limit and the dollar limit. H and r block free taxes The percentage is based on your adjusted gross income. H and r block free taxes Figuring Total Work-Related Expenses To figure the credit for 2013 work-related expenses, count only those you paid by December 31, 2013. H and r block free taxes Expenses prepaid in an earlier year. H and r block free taxes   If you pay for services before they are provided, you can count the prepaid expenses only in the year the care is received. H and r block free taxes Claim the expenses for the later year as if they were actually paid in that later year. H and r block free taxes Expenses not paid until the following year. H and r block free taxes   Do not count 2012 expenses that you paid in 2013 as work-related expenses for 2013. H and r block free taxes You may be able to claim an additional credit for them on your 2013 return, but you must figure it separately. H and r block free taxes See Payments for prior year's expenses under Amount of Credit in Publication 503. H and r block free taxes    If you had expenses in 2013 that you did not pay until 2014, you cannot count them when figuring your 2013 credit. H and r block free taxes You may be able to claim a credit for them on your 2014 return. H and r block free taxes Expenses reimbursed. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Example. H and r block free taxes You paid work-related expenses of $3,000. H and r block free taxes You are reimbursed $2,000 by a state social services agency. H and r block free taxes You can use only $1,000 to figure your credit. H and r block free taxes Medical expenses. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes You can use them either way, but you cannot use the same expenses to claim both a credit and a medical expense deduction. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes However, if you use your total expenses to figure your medical expense deduction, you cannot use any part of them to figure your credit. H and r block free taxes    Amounts excluded from your income under your employer's dependent care benefits plan cannot be used to claim a medical expense deduction. H and r block free taxes Dependent Care Benefits If you receive dependent care benefits, your dollar limit for purposes of the credit may be reduced. H and r block free taxes See Reduced Dollar Limit , later. H and r block free taxes But, even if you cannot take the credit, you may be able to take an exclusion or deduction for the dependent care benefits. H and r block free taxes Dependent care benefits. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Your salary may have been reduced to pay for these benefits. H and r block free taxes If you received benefits as an employee, they should be shown in box 10 of your Form W-2. H and r block free taxes See Statement for employee , later. H and r block free taxes Benefits you received as a partner should be shown in box 13 of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) with code O. H and r block free taxes Enter the amount of these benefits on Form 2441, Part III, line 12. H and r block free taxes Exclusion or deduction. H and r block free taxes   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. H and r block free taxes Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. H and r block free taxes To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441. H and r block free taxes You cannot use Form 1040EZ. H and r block free taxes   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. H and r block free taxes Therefore, you would not get an exclusion from wages. H and r block free taxes Instead, you would get a deduction on Form 1040, Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. H and r block free taxes To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. H and r block free taxes   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). H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes See Earned Income Limit, later. H and r block free taxes    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. H and r block free taxes Statement for employee. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $5,000 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. H and r block free taxes Effect of exclusion on credit. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Earned income is defined under Earned Income Test , earlier. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Separated spouse. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Use only your income in figuring the earned income limit. H and r block free taxes Surviving spouse. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Community property laws. H and r block free taxes   You should disregard community property laws when you figure earned income for this credit. H and r block free taxes You or your spouse is a student or not able to care for self. H and r block free taxes   Your spouse who is either a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself is treated as having earned income. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Spouse works. H and r block free taxes   If your spouse works during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or his or her actual earned income for that month. H and r block free taxes Spouse qualifies for part of month. H and r block free taxes    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. H and r block free taxes You are a student or not able to care for self. H and r block free taxes   These rules also apply if you are a student or not able to care for yourself and you are filing a joint return. H and r block free taxes 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). H and r block free taxes If you also work during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or your actual earned income for that month. H and r block free taxes Both spouses qualify. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Dollar Limit There is a dollar limit on the amount of your work-related expenses you can use to figure the credit. H and r block free taxes This limit is $3,000 for one qualifying person, or $6,000 for two or more qualifying persons. H and r block free taxes If you paid work-related expenses for the care of two or more qualifying persons, the applicable dollar limit is $6,000. H and r block free taxes This $6,000 limit does not need to be divided equally among them. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Yearly limit. H and r block free taxes   The dollar limit is a yearly limit. H and r block free taxes The amount of the dollar limit remains the same no matter how long, during the year, you have a qualifying person in your household. H and r block free taxes Use the $3,000 limit if you paid work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person at any time during the year. H and r block free taxes Use $6,000 if you paid work-related expenses for the care of more than one qualifying person at any time during the year. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Your reduced dollar limit is figured on Form 2441, Part III. H and r block free taxes See Dependent Care Benefits , earlier, for information on excluding or deducting these benefits. H and r block free taxes Example 1. H and r block free taxes George is a widower with one child and earns $24,000 a year. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes His employer pays an additional $1,000 under a dependent care benefit plan. H and r block free taxes This $1,000 is excluded from George's income. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. H and r block free taxes   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. H and r block free taxes Randall is married and both he and his wife are employed. H and r block free taxes Each has earned income in excess of $6,000. H and r block free taxes They have two children, Anne and Andy, ages 2 and 4, who attend a daycare facility licensed and regulated by the state. H and r block free taxes Randall's work-related expenses are $6,000 for the year. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes Randall has elected to take the maximum $5,000 exclusion from his salary to cover dependent care expenses through this program. H and r block free taxes 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. H and r block free taxes This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. H and r block free taxes   Randall's Reduced Dollar Limit 1) Maximum allowable expenses for two qualifying persons $6,000 2) Minus: Dependent care benefits Randall selects from employer's cafeteria plan and excludes from income −5,000 3) Reduced dollar limit on 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. H and r block free taxes This percentage depends on your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38, or Form 1040A, line 22. H and r block free taxes The following table shows the percentage to use based on adjusted gross income. H and r block free taxes   IF your adjusted gross income is: THEN the percentage is:       Over   But not over         $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%   How To Claim the Credit To claim the credit, you can file Form 1040 or Form 1040A. H and r block free taxes You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040EZ. H and r block free taxes Form 1040 or 1040A. H and r block free taxes   You must complete Form 2441 and attach it to your Form 1040 or 1040A. H and r block free taxes Enter the credit on Form 1040, line 48, or Form 1040A, line 29. H and r block free taxes Limit on credit. H and r block free taxes   The amount of credit you can claim is generally limited to the amount of your tax. H and r block free taxes For more information, see the Instructions for Form 2441. H and r block free taxes Tax credit not refundable. H and r block free taxes   You cannot get a refund for any part of the credit that is more than this limit. H and r block free taxes Recordkeeping. H and r block free taxes You should keep records of your work-related expenses. H and r block free taxes Also, if your dependent or spouse is not able to care for himself or herself, your records should show both the nature and the length of the disability. H and r block free taxes Other records you should keep to support your claim for the credit are described earlier under Provider Identification Test . H and r block free taxes Employment Taxes for Household Employers If you pay someone to come to your home and care for your dependent or spouse, you may be a household employer. H and r block free taxes If you are a household employer, you will need an employer identification number (EIN) and you may have to pay employment taxes. H and r block free taxes If the individuals who work in your home are self-employed, you are not liable for any of the taxes discussed in this section. H and r block free taxes Self-employed persons who are in business for themselves are not household employees. H and r block free taxes Usually, you are not a household employer if the person who cares for your dependent or spouse does so at his or her home or place of business. H and r block free taxes If you use a placement agency that exercises control over what work is done and how it will be done by a babysitter or companion who works in your home, the worker is not your employee. H and r block free taxes This control could include providing rules of conduct and appearance and requiring regular reports. H and r block free taxes In this case, you do not have to pay employment taxes. H and r block free taxes But, if an agency merely gives you a list of sitters and you hire one from that list, and pay the sitter directly, the sitter may be your employee. H and r block free taxes If you have a household employee, you may be subject to: Social security and Medicare taxes, Federal unemployment tax, and Federal income tax withholding. H and r block free taxes Social security and Medicare taxes are generally withheld from the employee's pay and matched by the employer. H and r block free taxes Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax is paid by the employer only and provides for payments of unemployment compensation to workers who have lost their jobs. H and r block free taxes Federal income tax is withheld from the employee's total pay if the employee asks you to do so and you agree. H and r block free taxes For more information on a household employer's tax responsibilities, see Publication 926 and Schedule H (Form 1040) and its instructions. H and r block free taxes State employment tax. H and r block free taxes   You may also have to pay state unemployment tax. H and r block free taxes Contact your state unemployment tax office for information. H and r block free taxes You should also find out whether you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance. H and r block free taxes For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. H and r block free taxes S. H and r block free taxes Department of Labor's website. H and r block free taxes A link to that website is in Publication 926, or you can find it with an online search. H and r block free taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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H and r block free taxes Index A Application for enrollment, Form 23 and Form 23-EP. H and r block free taxes , Form 5434. H and r block free taxes Assistance (see Tax help) Associations, Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. H and r block free taxes Attorneys, Attorneys. H and r block free taxes Authorization letter, Authorization for Special Appearances C CAF number, Authorization for Special Appearances Certified public accountants (CPAs), Certified public accountants (CPAs). H and r block free taxes Comments, Comments and suggestions. H and r block free taxes Corporations, Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. H and r block free taxes CPAs (see Certified public accountants (CPAs)) D Disbarment, Suspension and disbarment. H and r block free taxes , Censure, Disbarments, and Suspensions Disreputable conduct, Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct E Enrolled actuaries, Enrolled actuaries. H and r block free taxes Enrolled agent:, Enrolled agents. H and r block free taxes , How Does an Individual Become Enrolled? Enrolled retirement plan agent:, Enrolled retirement plan agents. H and r block free taxes F FAX copies, FAX copies. H and r block free taxes Form 23 and Form 23-EP, Form 23 and Form 23-EP. H and r block free taxes Form 2587, Form 2587. H and r block free taxes Form 2848, Form Required, Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints, How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? Form 5434, Form 5434. H and r block free taxes Free tax services, How To Get Tax Help G Glossary, Practice Before the IRS, Authorizing a Representative H Help (see Tax help) I Inactive retirement status, Inactive retirement status. H and r block free taxes Inactive roster, Inactive roster. H and r block free taxes Incapacity or incompetency, Incapacity or incompetency. H and r block free taxes L Loss of eligibility Failure to meet requirements, Failure to meet requirements. H and r block free taxes Loss of eligibility:, Loss of Eligibility M More information (see Tax help) N Non-IRS power of attorney, Non-IRS powers of attorney. H and r block free taxes O Office of Professional Responsibility, Practice Before the IRS P Partnerships, Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. H and r block free taxes Power of attorney Processing and handling, Processing and Handling Representative, Dealing With the Representative Power of attorney:, What Is a Power of Attorney?, When Is a Power of Attorney Required?, Where To File a Power of Attorney, When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required?, What Happens to the Power of Attorney When Filed? Practice before the IRS, What Is Practice Before the IRS?, Who Can Practice Before the IRS?, Who Cannot Practice Before the IRS? Processing a non-IRS power of attorney, Processing a non-IRS power of attorney. H and r block free taxes Protected communication Tax shelters, Communications regarding corporate tax shelters. H and r block free taxes Publications (see Tax help) R Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers, Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers. H and r block free taxes Representation outside the United States, Representation Outside the United States Restrictions, Restrictions Rules of practice Due diligence, Due diligence. H and r block free taxes Duties, Duties Duty to advise, Duty to advise. H and r block free taxes Restrictions, Restrictions Rules of practice:, What Are the Rules of Practice? S Special appearances, Authorization for Special Appearances Students. H and r block free taxes , Student. H and r block free taxes , Students in LITCs and the STCP. H and r block free taxes Suggestions, Comments and suggestions. H and r block free taxes Suspension, Suspension and disbarment. H and r block free taxes , Censure, Disbarments, and Suspensions T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Taxpayer advocate, Taxpayer Advocate Service. H and r block free taxes Termination, Incapacity or incompetency. H and r block free taxes TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Unenrolled individuals Employee, Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H and r block free taxes Family member, Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H and r block free taxes Fiduciary, Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H and r block free taxes Individual, Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H and r block free taxes Officer, Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H and r block free taxes Partner, Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H and r block free taxes Unenrolled individuals:, Other individuals who may serve as representatives. H and r block free taxes W Where to file:, Where To File a Power of Attorney Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications