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Employee Reimbursements, Form W-2, Wage Inquiries

Question: Should box 10, Dependent Care Benefits, of my Form W-2 be included when calculating my income?


The information shown in box 10 of your W-2 is the total amount of dependent care benefits that your employer paid to you or incurred on your behalf. Any amount over $5,000 ($2,500 in the case of a separate return filed by a married individual) is also included in box 1. You may be able to exclude these benefits from your income.

  • You must complete Part III of Form 2441 (PDF), Child and Dependent Care Expenses, to claim the exclusion.  You cannot use Form 1040EZ (PDF).

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Category: Interest, Dividends, Other Types of Income
Subcategory: Employee Reimbursements, Form W 2, Wage Inquiries

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