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If my child was born in 2013, can I claim the child and dependent care credit?

Yes, if your child qualifies under the rules of the dependency exemption.

Your child must have lived with you for more than 1/2 the year. A child born during the year is considered to have lived with you for the full 12 months as long as it lived with you the entire time after it was born. Time the child spent in a hospital after birth won't count against you.

You'll need the child's Social Security number (SSN) to file a return. If the child was born at the end of a calendar year, the SSN might not have arrived by the filing due date. If you haven't received your child's SSN by the due date of your return, you have two options:

  • File Form 4868 to request an automatic six-month extension of time to file. You should receive the SSN during the extension period.
  • File your taxes without claiming the child as a dependent. Then, amend your return after you receive the child's SSN. You have three years to amend the return, starting from the later of these:
    • The due date of the return
    • The date the tax was paid

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