Question

If I pay dependent care expenses for a disabled adult dependent, can I claim dependent expenses, i.e, the child and dependent care credit?

Answer

You can claim dependent credit for a disabled adult dependent if your child and dependent care expenses are for either:

  • Your spouse who was both:
    • Not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself because of a physical or mental disability
    • Living with you for more than half of the year
  • A dependent adult who was all of these:
    • Not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself
    • Living with you for more than half of the year
    • Either:
      • Your dependent
      • Someone who would have been your dependent except that the person:
        • Received gross income of $4,150 or more
        • Filed a joint return
        • Could’ve been claimed as a dependent on someone else’s 2018 return

A person with a physical disability or a mental disability is someone who:

  • Can’t dress, clean, or feed himself or herself
  • Requires constant attention to prevent injury to the disabled person or others

 

Related Topics

Related Resources

Is Car Insurance Tax Deductible?

Is car insurance tax deductible? Discover if you can deduct your car insurance premiums. Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Form 1098-T Adjustments For Scholarship Income

Did you receive an adjusted Form 1098-T because of scholarship income? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Requirements for Claiming a Dependent

What are the requirements for claiming your parent as a dependent? Find out who qualifies for a dependent on your taxes.

Dependency and Residency Tests

How long does a person have to live with you before you can claim that person as a dependent? Get Tax Answers from H&R Block.