I have a question about claiming childcare. If I have a high school babysitter who watches my children during summers and after school, can I claim the childcare tax credit?
It’s possible you can claim the child and dependent care credit if all of these are true:
- You pay someone to watch your children while you work.
- The person you paid doesn’t qualify to be your dependent.
- The babysitter isn’t your child if the child is younger than age 19. This applies even if you can’t claim him or her as a dependent.
You’ll need the babysitter’s Social Security number (SSN) and address to claim the credit. You’ll report these on Form 2441. The babysitter should report the amounts you paid as income.
If you didn’t claim the Earned Income Credit (EIC) last year, can you still claim it? Learn more about EIC from our tax experts at H&R Block.
Is the child tax credit the same as the EIC? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.
Learn more about IRS Form 8396 and claiming the mortgage interest credit from the tax experts 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