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Tax Information for Parents

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Get answers to your tax questions
The Interactive Tax Assistant tool is a tax law resource that takes you through a series of questions and provides you with responses to tax law questions.

Get Transcript
You can get a transcript to view your tax account transactions or line-by-line tax return information for a specific tax year.

Where's my refund?
You can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we have received your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.

Did you know life events like marriage, birth and divorce may have a significant tax impact?
Organized by type of life event this page provides resources that explain the tax impacts of each.

Child Tax Credit
This credit is for people who have a qualifying child. It can be claimed in addition to the credit for child and dependent care expenses

Tax Benefits for Education: Information Center
Many tax breaks are available to help with the cost of higher education.

Child and Dependent Care Information
If you paid someone to care for a child or a dependent so you could work, you may be able to reduce your federal income tax by claiming the credit for child and dependent care expenses on your tax return.

Adoption Credit at a Glance
A tax credit for qualified expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. The credit may be allowed for the adoption of a child with special needs, even if you do not have any qualified expenses.

Child's Investment Income
Parents need to be aware of the tax rules that affect their children’s investment income. Here are four facts from the IRS that will help parents determine whether their child’s investment income will be taxed at the parents’ rate or the child’s rate.

Choose the correct filing status
You may be Single, Head of Household, Married Filing Joint, Married Filing Separate or Qualifying Widow(er).

Dependents and Exemptions
Publication 501 explains who you may claim as a dependent or exemption.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 08-Jan-2016

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