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Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses

Child and Dependent Care Credit

Reimbursement Accounts

Some taxpayers receive dependent care benefits from their employers, which may also be called "flexible spending accounts" or "reimbursement accounts." Taxpayers may be able to exclude these benefits from their income. Employer-provided dependent care benefits appear on the taxpayer's Form W-2, box 10.

Because the child and dependent care credit is a nonrefundable credit, only taxpayers with taxable income can claim the credit. However, all taxpayers who receive employer-provided dependent care benefits are required to complete Form 2441, Part III, to determine if they can exclude all or part of these benefits from their taxable income.

Form W-2 showing dependent care benefits, $2,500.