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Taxpayer identification number needed for each qualifying person. You must include on line 2 of Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, the name and taxpayer identification number (generally the social security number) of each qualifying person. See Taxpayer identification number under Who is a Qualifying Person, later.
You may have to pay employment taxes. If you pay someone to come to your home and care for your dependent or spouse, you may be a household employer who has to pay employment taxes. Usually, you aren't a household employer if the person who cares for your dependent or spouse does so at his or her home or place of business. See Do You Have Household Employees, later.
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This publication explains the tests you must meet to claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses. It explains how to figure and claim the credit.
You may be able to claim the credit if you pay someone to care for your dependent who is under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who isn't able to care for himself or herself. The credit can be up to 35% of your expenses. To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work.
This publication also discusses some of the employment tax rules for household employers.
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501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information
926 Household Employer's Tax Guide
Form (and Instructions)
2441 Child and Dependent Care Expenses
Schedule H (Form 1040) Household Employment Taxes
W-10 Dependent Care Provider's Identification and Certification
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