The child tax deduction proved to be a lifeline for millions of families, but it ended in December last year. However, some families may need another child stimulus check. This child stimulation check, called the Child and Care Credit, offers eligible families up to $ 8,000 credit in their tax.
Child and Dependent Care Credit: What is it?
Similar to the expanded tax deduction for children, the child and care credit was also part of President Joe Biden’s U.S. rescue plan. Under the child and care credit, parents are allowed to claim up to 50% of their childcare expenses for 2021, with a maximum limit of $ 8,000.
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It should be noted that the child and care credit is not a new credit, rather the US rescue plan raised its limit. Prior to the U.S. rescue plan, parents were allowed to claim 35% in credit, up to a maximum of $ 3,000 for childcare expenses for one child and up to $ 6,000 for two children.
“The child and care allowance is a credit that is allowed for a percentage of work-related expenses that a taxpayer incurs in caring for qualified individuals to enable the taxpayer to work or seek employment,” the IRS says.
It is easy to claim this credit. You must claim this credit while submitting your tax by including it on your 2021 tax return.
Child Stimulus Check (credit): Who can demand it?
Unlike the child tax deduction, this deduction can only be claimed by taxpayers who, in order to work or seek work, paid someone to look after their child or relative in 2021. The child or relatives in this case would be a child under 13 years of age. years, a spouse unable to self-care or a qualified breadwinner unable to self-care.
In addition, it is also important that the breadwinner for whom you are requesting the credit must be your legal breadwinner when the care was provided. If you also share custody of a child with another person, only the custodian will be allowed to claim the credit.
If you are claiming credit for an adult breadwinner or spouse, then there are a few more requirements that you need to meet. Visit this link to know about these claims as well as other details about the child and caregiver’s credit.
One point to note is that the child and care credit is a credit that is non-refundable. So this child stimulation check can only be claimed by taxpayers with taxable income. Thus, parents or guardians who are non-file or who are not required to file or pay tax due to lower income are not eligible to claim this credit.
Taxpayers with AGI (adjusted gross income) of more than $ 438,000 are also not eligible for this, even though they have previously claimed this credit. This credit may be claimed by US citizens. Taxpayers whom the IRS considers residents and non-residents may also claim this credit.
Updated May 18, 2022 at 9:47
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