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.