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Child and Dependent Care Credit & Flexible Benefit Plans

Question: My babysitter refused to provide me with her social security number. Can I still claim the amount I paid her for childcare while I worked? If so, how do I claim these childcare expenses on my tax return?

Answer:

Yes, if you meet the other requirements to claim the child and dependent care credit, but are missing the social security number or other taxpayer identifying number of a provider, you can still claim the credit by demonstrating "due diligence" in attempting to secure this information.

  • If a provider of childcare refuses to give a taxpayer the identifying information, the taxpayer can still claim the credit.
  • The taxpayer must provide whatever information is available about the provider (such as name and address) on Form 2441 (PDF), Child and Dependent Care Expenses.
  • The taxpayer should write "See Attached Statement" in the columns requesting the missing information.
  • The attached statement should explain that the taxpayer requested the provider’s identifying number, but the provider did not give it to the taxpayer.
  • This statement will support a claim of the use of due diligence in trying to secure the identifying information.

Additional Information:


Category: Child Care Credit, Other Credits
Subcategory: Child and Dependent Care Credit & Flexible Benefit Plans

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The OMB number for this study is 1545-1432.
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