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. This Credit is available to people who, in order to work or to look for work, have to pay for child care services for dependents under age 13. The Credit is also available if you paid for the care of a spouse or a dependent of any age who is physically or mentally incapable of self-care. Publication 501 PDF, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information Publication 503 PDF, Child and Dependent Care Expenses Form 2441 PDF, Child and Dependent Care Expenses 2441 Instructions PDF Form W-10 PDF, Dependent Care Provider's Identification and Certification What is an ATIN? I am adopting a child and do not yet have a Social Security Number for the child.