What is the Dependent Care Tax Credit?

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What is the Dependent Care Tax Credit?

When you are a working taxpayer and have dependents that require care while you are working, you can take a tax credit called the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, to help offset the expenses. The dependent can be a child under the age of 13 or a spouse that requires care due to physical or mental limitations.

You can also claim the tax credit when you are looking for work. This is considered the same as working for this tax credit. Full time students are considered to have earned income while … Read more at 2009 Taxes

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What is the Dependent Care Tax Credit?

When you are a working taxpayer and have dependents that require care while you are working, you can take a tax credit called the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, to help offset the expenses. The dependent can be a child under the age of 13 or a spouse that requires care due to physical or mental limitations.

You can also claim the tax credit when you are looking for work. This is considered the same as working for this tax credit. Full time students are considered to have earned income while they are away from the home to qualify for the tax credit.

You have to name the care provider on your tax return and it cannot be a spouse, dependent, or someone under age. And you must fulfill the residence test where the child or dependent spouse must have lived in the house for more than half the tax year.

You can claim $3,000 for one dependent or $6,000 for two dependents. See IRS Publication 503 for more information on completing Form 2441 and claiming this credit when you prepare your taxes this year.

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Sometimes Overlooked Tax Deductions

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Sometimes Overlooked Tax Deductions

Every year many mistakes are made by US taxpayers as they file their income taxes for the year. Many of the mistakes are related to address, names, and social security numbers. But some of the mistakes are related to tax deductions. If you miss a tax deduction that you are eligible for, you could be missing out on a decent sized amount of money.

State sales tax is a deduction that is sometimes missed. For states that do not have a state income tax, deducting the sales tax is the best selection of the two … Read more at 2009 Taxes

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Sometimes Overlooked Tax Deductions

Every year many mistakes are made by US taxpayers as they file their income taxes for the year. Many of the mistakes are related to address, names, and social security numbers. But some of the mistakes are related to tax deductions. If you miss a tax deduction that you are eligible for, you could be missing out on a decent sized amount of money.

State sales tax is a deduction that is sometimes missed. For states that do not have a state income tax, deducting the sales tax is the best selection of the two options to deduct. Local sales tax is also deductible. In some rare causes, deducting sales tax is better than deducting income tax when there is income tax to deduct.

Many taxpayers fail to adjust their basis on investments when dividends are reinvested. This mutual fund mistake can cost you a lot when you claim your capital gains on investments with reinvested dividends. Make sure to step up your basis every time dividends are used to purchase more shares of a fund.

Finally, forgetting to deduct cash contributions to charities can be expensive. Make sure to track the amount of cash contributions you make during the year to authorized charitable organizations and include them with your non-cash contributions on your Schedule A. Those weekly donations for $5.00 can add up quickly and save you money at tax time.

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