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 below age 13, your legal dependent, and live in your residence for more than half the year.
Tip: If your spouse doesn’t 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?
You can claim a minimum credit of $600 for one child on up to $3,000 in expenses, or $1,200 for two or more children on up to $6,000 in expenses, if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is greater than $43,000. If your AGI is less than that, the credit per child scales up to $1,050 and $2,100, respectively.
What kind of camps?
The only rule is: no overnight camps.
The credit is designed to help working people care for their kids during the workday, so summer camps where kids stay overnight aren’t eligible for this credit.
Other than that, it doesn’t matter what kind of camp: soccer camp, chess camp, summer school, or even a simple daycare. All of them are eligible expenses for this credit.