Form 2441 - Preschool Expenses

IRS Publication 503 Child and Dependent Care Expenses provides information on preschool expenses, as they relate to child and dependent care, on page 7.

Education. Expenses for a child in nursery school, pre-school, or similar programs for children below the level of kindergarten are expenses for care.

Expenses to attend kindergarten or a higher grade aren't expenses for care. Don't use these expenses to figure your credit.

However, expenses for before- or after-school care of a child in kindergarten or a higher grade may be expenses for care.

Summer school and tutoring programs aren't for care.

To enter information for the child and dependent care credit in TaxAct:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop) click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then choose Federal.
  2. Click Child and Dependent Care in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu.
  3. The program will proceed with the interview screens for you to enter the appropriate information. In order to receive the credit, you must provide information for amounts paid to a care provider. Click Yes on the screen titled Dependent Care - Introduction to enter provider information.