I have a question about claiming a tax credit without a childcare EIN (Employer Identification Number). Can I claim a childcare deduction if I don’t have the childcare provider EIN?
It depends. You cannot claim a deduction for childcare expenses. To claim the child and dependent care credit, you must identify the care provider on Form 2441. So, you must have the care provider’s:
- Taxpayer identification number — unless the care provider is a not-for-profit, like a church or school
The taxpayer identification number should be either:
- For an individual — Social Security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)
- For an organization — Employer identification number (EIN). If the care provider is a not-for-profit, you don’t need the taxpayer identification number. Instead, write “exempt”where the form asks for the number.
Keep a Form W-10 that the childcare provider completes. If the provider does’t give you the information, complete the entries you can on Form W-10, Line 1. Enter “See attached statement”in the columns for which you don’t have information. Then, attach a statement to your return. In the statement, explain why your care provider didn’t give you the information.
Can you claim your child if they married and moved out of your home? Learn more about dependent tests and get tax answers at H&R Block.
If your business uses gasoline or diesel fuel, you may earn a tax credit. Learn more about excise tax credit for fuel and get tax answers at H&R Block
If you're filing tax returns in two different states, how is your Earned Income Credit (EIC) figured? Learn more from the EIC tax experts at H&R Block
Discover when you should use married filing separately with advice from the tax experts at H&R Block.