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Child and Dependent Care Credit at a Glance

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A credit for the costs of care for a qualifying individual to allow you to work or look for work. The dollar limit on the amount of the expenses you can use to figure the credit is $3,000 for the care of one qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals. The amount of your credit is between 20 and 35 percent of your allowable expenses. The percentage you use depends on the amount of your adjusted gross income.  

More Information

Tax Topic 602 - Child and Dependent Care Credit


Related Forms

Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses (PDF)


Related Publications

Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax - Chapter 32, Child and Dependent Care Credit - Essential guidance

Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses - Detailed guidance

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 23-Nov-2016