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Individual Income Tax > Tax Information > Credits: Child and dependent care

  • What kind of documentation do I need to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit?Back to top

    For this credit, you must provide:

    • Care provider’s Name
    • Care provider’s Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Social Security number
    • Receipts for payments you made to the provider
    • Names of the qualifying children or dependents you claimed for the credit

  • What if my child was born during the tax year?Back to top

    You may be eligible for a credit of $3,000 or you and your spouse’s combined earned income, whichever is less. This is true no matter how much you actually paid in expenses or how many children were born. You must meet all of the following requirements to claim the credit:

    • You are married and filing a joint return.
    • You had a child (or children) born in the tax year.
    • You had less than $3,000 in child care expenses or you or your spouse earned less than $3,000.
    • Neither you nor your spouse participated in a pretax dependent care assistance program. 
    You must check the box on Schedule M1CD indicating you’re claiming the credit for a baby born during the tax year. Complete the appropriate worksheet in the instructions to determine your credit. To complete the worksheet, you must fill out an extra copy of federal Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses.

  • What if I am a licensed daycare operator?Back to top

    ​You may qualify for this credit if you care for your own child in your licensed family daycare home and your child was under age 6 at the end of the year.

    You must check the box on Schedule M1CD indicating you're a licensed provider caring for your own child(ren) and provide your daycare license number.
     
    The amount you may claim for qualifying expenses depends on your child's exact age at the end of the tax year.
     
    And you have
    Your maximum credit is
    Younger than 16 months old
    One qualifying child
    $3,000
    Two or more qualifying children
    $6,000
    Between 16 months and 6 years old
    One qualifying child
    The amount you would have normally charged to care for the child for the same number of hours, up to $3,000
    Two or more qualifying children
    The amount you would have normally charged to care for the children for the same number of hours, up to $6,000