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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, preschool, 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.

In order to receive the credit, you must provide information for amounts paid to a care provider.

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 click Federal.
  2. Click Child and Dependent Care in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu.
  3. On the screen titled Did you have child or dependent care expenses in 2020?, click Yes, then continue to proceed with the interview screens for you to enter the appropriate information.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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