Jul 01, 2022
By Dominic Foushi, CPA Senior Accountant at Terry Lockridge & Dunn
As a busy working parent, you may be on the lookout for activities that are available for your kids this summer. There may be a solution that is also a tax break: Summer camp!
Using the Child and Dependent Care Credit, you can be reimbursed for part of the cost of enrolling your child in a day camp this summer.
Am I eligible?
- You, and your spouse if you are married, must both be working.
- Your child must be under age 13, your legal dependent, and live in your residence for more than half the year.
Tip: If your spouse does not work but is either a full-time student, or is disabled and incapable of self-care, you can still qualify for the credit.
How much can I save?
For 2022, you can claim a maximum credit of $1,050 on up to $3,000 in expenses for one child, or $2,100 on up to $6,000 in expenses for two or more children.
What kind of camps?
The only rule is no overnight camps.
The credit is designed to help working people care for their children during the workday, so summer camps where kids stay overnight are not eligible for this credit.
Other than that, it does not matter what kind of camp: soccer camp, chess camp, summer school or even day care. All of these are eligible expenses for this credit.
Other ways to use this credit
While summer day camp costs are a common way to use this credit, any cost to provide care for your children while you are working may be eligible.
For example, you can use this credit to pay a qualified day care center or a babysitter to take care of your child while you are working. You can even pay a relative to care for your child and claim the credit for that expense, as long as the relative is not your dependent, minor child or spouse.
This is just one of many possible tax breaks related to children and dependents. Please reach out to Dominic at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any of the accountants at Terry Lockridge & Dunn if you have questions about this credit, or if you would like to discuss any other tax savings ideas. We will look around the corner for you!