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Per IRS Publication 503 Child and Dependent Care Expenses, page 6:

To be work related, your expenses must allow you to work or look for work.  If you are married, generally both you and your spouse must work or look for work. One spouse is treated as working during any month he or she is a full-time student or isn't physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself. 

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.


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 top left corner of your screen, then click Federal).
  2. Click Child and Dependent Care , and continue with the interview process until you reach the screen titled Did you have child or dependent care expenses in 2022?.
  3. Click Yes, then continue with the interview process to enter your 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 webpage or document at the time it is accessed.


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