Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
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Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses

Summary and Exercises


The credit for child and dependent care expenses is a nonrefundable credit that allows taxpayers to reduce their tax liability by a percentage of their child and dependent care expenses.

The maximum expense amounts are $3,000 for one qualifying person and $6,000 for two or more qualifying persons.

The maximum credit rate is 35% of the taxpayer's expenses. A taxpayer must satisfy the five eligibility tests to qualify for the credit. The tests are the:

  • Qualifying person test
  • Earned income test
  • Work-related expense test
  • Joint return test
  • Provider identification test

The credit is calculated and reported on Form 2441.

Two children.