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2011 turbo tax software Publication 503 - Main Content Table of Contents Tests To Claim the CreditQualifying Person Test Earned Income Test Work-Related Expense Test Joint Return Test Provider Identification Test How To Figure the CreditFiguring Total Work-Related Expenses Earned Income Limit Dollar Limit Amount of Credit How To Claim the CreditTax credit not refundable. 2011 turbo tax software Employment Taxes for Household Employers How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Tests To Claim the Credit To be able to claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses, you must file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR, not Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ, and meet all the following tests. 2011 turbo tax software The care must be for one or more qualifying persons who are identified on Form 2441. 2011 turbo tax software (See Qualifying Person Test. 2011 turbo tax software ) You (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. 2011 turbo tax software (However, see Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self under Earned Income Test, later. 2011 turbo tax software ) You must pay child and dependent care expenses so you (and your spouse if filing jointly) can work or look for work. 2011 turbo tax software (See Work-Related Expense Test, later. 2011 turbo tax software ) You must make payments for child and dependent care to someone you (and your spouse) cannot claim as a dependent. 2011 turbo tax software If you make payments to your child, he or she cannot be your dependent and must be age 19 or older by the end of the year. 2011 turbo tax software You cannot make payments to: Your spouse, or The parent of your qualifying person if your qualifying person is your child and under age 13. 2011 turbo tax software See Payments to Relatives or Dependents under Work-Related Expense Test, later. 2011 turbo tax software Your filing status may be single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. 2011 turbo tax software If you are married, you must file a joint return, unless an exception applies to you. 2011 turbo tax software See Joint Return Test, later. 2011 turbo tax software You must identify the care provider on your tax return. 2011 turbo tax software (See Provider Identification Test, later. 2011 turbo tax software ) If you exclude or deduct dependent care benefits provided by a dependent care benefit plan, the total amount you exclude or deduct must be less than the dollar limit for qualifying expenses (generally, $3,000 if one qualifying person was cared for or $6,000 if two or more qualifying persons were cared for). 2011 turbo tax software (If two or more qualifying persons were cared for, the amount you exclude or deduct will always be less than the dollar limit, since the total amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to $5,000. 2011 turbo tax software See Reduced Dollar Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. 2011 turbo tax software ) These tests are presented in Figure A and are also explained in detail in this publication. 2011 turbo tax software Qualifying Person Test Your child and dependent care expenses must be for the care of one or more qualifying persons. 2011 turbo tax software A qualifying person is: Your qualifying child who is your dependent and who was under age 13 when the care was provided (but see Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart , later), Your spouse who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself and lived with you for more than half the year, or A person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, lived with you for more than half the year, and either: Was your dependent, or Would have been your dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. 2011 turbo tax software Dependent defined. 2011 turbo tax software   A dependent is a person, other than you or your spouse, for whom you can claim an exemption. 2011 turbo tax software To be your dependent, a person must be your qualifying child (or your qualifying relative). 2011 turbo tax software Qualifying child. 2011 turbo tax software   To be your qualifying child, a child must live with you for more than half the year and meet other requirements. 2011 turbo tax software More information. 2011 turbo tax software   For more information about who is a dependent or a qualifying child, see Publication 501. 2011 turbo tax software Physically or mentally not able to care for oneself. 2011 turbo tax software   Persons who cannot dress, clean, or feed themselves because of physical or mental problems are considered not able to care for themselves. 2011 turbo tax software Also, persons who must have constant attention to prevent them from injuring themselves or others are considered not able to care for themselves. 2011 turbo tax software Person qualifying for part of year. 2011 turbo tax software   You determine a person's qualifying status each day. 2011 turbo tax software For example, if the person for whom you pay child and dependent care expenses no longer qualifies on September 16, count only those expenses through September 15. 2011 turbo tax software Also see Yearly limit under Dollar Limit, later. 2011 turbo tax software Birth or death of otherwise qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software   In determining whether a person is a qualifying person, a person who was born or died in 2013 is treated as having lived with you for more than half of 2013 if your home was the person's home more than half the time he or she was alive in 2013. 2011 turbo tax software Taxpayer identification number. 2011 turbo tax software   You must include on your return the name and taxpayer identification number (generally the social security number) of the qualifying person(s). 2011 turbo tax software If the correct information is not shown, the credit may be reduced or disallowed. 2011 turbo tax software Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) for aliens. 2011 turbo tax software   If your qualifying person is a nonresident or resident alien who does not have and cannot get a social security number (SSN), use that person's ITIN. 2011 turbo tax software The ITIN is entered wherever an SSN is requested on a tax return. 2011 turbo tax software If the alien does not have an ITIN, he or she must apply for one. 2011 turbo tax software See Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, for details. 2011 turbo tax software   An ITIN is for tax use only. 2011 turbo tax software It does not entitle the holder to social security benefits or change the holder's employment or immigration status under U. 2011 turbo tax software S. 2011 turbo tax software law. 2011 turbo tax software Adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). 2011 turbo tax software   If your qualifying person is a child who was placed in your home for adoption and for whom you do not have an SSN, you must get an ATIN for the child. 2011 turbo tax software File Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U. 2011 turbo tax software S. 2011 turbo tax software Adoptions. 2011 turbo tax software Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart. 2011 turbo tax software   Even if you cannot claim your child as a dependent, he or she is treated as your qualifying person if: The child was under age 13 or was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, The child received over half of his or her support during the calendar year from one or both parents who are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, are separated under a written separation agreement, or lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the calendar year, The child was in the custody of one or both parents for more than half the year, and You were the child's custodial parent. 2011 turbo tax software   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights in 2013. 2011 turbo tax software If the child was with each parent for an equal number of nights, the custodial parent is the parent with the higher adjusted gross income. 2011 turbo tax software For details and an exception for a parent who works at night, see Publication 501. 2011 turbo tax software   The noncustodial parent cannot treat the child as a qualifying person even if that parent is entitled to claim the child as a dependent under the special rules for a child of divorced or separated parents. 2011 turbo tax software Please click here for the text description of the image. 2011 turbo tax software Figure a. 2011 turbo tax software Can you claim the credit Earned Income Test To claim the credit, you (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. 2011 turbo tax software Earned income. 2011 turbo tax software   Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, other taxable employee compensation, and net earnings from self-employment. 2011 turbo tax software A net loss from self-employment reduces earned income. 2011 turbo tax software Earned income also includes strike benefits and any disability pay you report as wages. 2011 turbo tax software   Generally, only taxable compensation is included. 2011 turbo tax software However, you can elect to include nontaxable combat pay in earned income. 2011 turbo tax software If you are filing a joint return and both you and your spouse received nontaxable combat pay, you can each make your own election. 2011 turbo tax software (In other words, if one of you makes the election, the other one can also make it but does not have to. 2011 turbo tax software ) Including this income will give you a larger credit only if your (or your spouse's) other earned income is less than the amount entered on line 3 of Form 2441. 2011 turbo tax software You should figure your credit both ways and make the election if it gives you a greater tax benefit. 2011 turbo tax software    You can choose to include your nontaxable combat pay in earned income when figuring your credit for child and dependent care expenses, even if you choose not to include it in earned income for the earned income credit or the exclusion or deduction for dependent care benefits. 2011 turbo tax software Members of certain religious faiths opposed to social security. 2011 turbo tax software   This section is for persons who are members of certain religious faiths that are opposed to participation in Social Security Act programs and have an IRS-approved form that exempts certain income from social security and Medicare taxes. 2011 turbo tax software These forms are: Form 4361, Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners, and Form 4029, Application for Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Waiver of Benefits, for use by members of recognized religious groups. 2011 turbo tax software   Each form is discussed here in terms of what is or is not earned income for purposes of the child and dependent care credit. 2011 turbo tax software For information on the use of these forms, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. 2011 turbo tax software Form 4361. 2011 turbo tax software   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4361, amounts you received for performing ministerial duties as an employee are earned income. 2011 turbo tax software This includes wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation. 2011 turbo tax software   However, amounts you received for ministerial duties, but not as an employee, do not count as earned income. 2011 turbo tax software Examples include fees for performing marriages and honoraria for delivering speeches. 2011 turbo tax software   Any amount you received for work that is not related to your ministerial duties is earned income. 2011 turbo tax software Form 4029. 2011 turbo tax software   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4029, all wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation are earned income. 2011 turbo tax software   However, amounts you received as a self-employed individual do not count as earned income. 2011 turbo tax software What is not earned income?   Earned income does not include: Pensions and annuities, Social security and railroad retirement benefits, Workers' compensation, Interest and dividends, Unemployment compensation, Scholarships or fellowship grants, except for those reported on Form W-2 and paid to you for teaching or other services, Nontaxable workfare payments, Child support payments received, Income of a nonresident alien that is not effectively connected with a U. 2011 turbo tax software S. 2011 turbo tax software trade or business, or Any amount received for work while an inmate in a penal institution. 2011 turbo tax software Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self. 2011 turbo tax software   Your spouse is treated as having earned income for any month that he or she is: A full-time student, or Physically or mentally not able to care for himself or herself. 2011 turbo tax software (Your spouse also must live with you for more than half the year. 2011 turbo tax software )   If you are filing a joint return, this rule also applies to you. 2011 turbo tax software You can be treated as having earned income for any month you are a full-time student or not able to care for yourself. 2011 turbo tax software   Figure the earned income of the nonworking spouse, described under (1) or (2) above, as shown under Earned Income Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. 2011 turbo tax software   This rule applies to only one spouse for any one month. 2011 turbo tax software If, in the same month, both you and your spouse do not work and are either full-time students or not physically or mentally able to care for yourselves, only one of you can be treated as having earned income in that month. 2011 turbo tax software Full-time student. 2011 turbo tax software    You are a full-time student if you are enrolled at a school for the number of hours or classes that the school considers full time. 2011 turbo tax software You must have been a full-time student for some part of each of 5 calendar months during the year. 2011 turbo tax software (The months need not be consecutive. 2011 turbo tax software ) School. 2011 turbo tax software   The term “school” includes high schools, colleges, universities, and technical, trade, and mechanical schools. 2011 turbo tax software A school does not include an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet. 2011 turbo tax software Work-Related Expense Test Child and dependent care expenses must be work-related to qualify for the credit. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses are considered work-related only if both of the following are true. 2011 turbo tax software They allow you (and your spouse if filing jointly) to work or look for work. 2011 turbo tax software They are for a qualifying person's care. 2011 turbo tax software Working or Looking for Work To be work-related, your expenses must allow you to work or look for work. 2011 turbo tax software If you are married, generally both you and your spouse must work or look for work. 2011 turbo tax software One spouse is treated as working during any month he or she is a full-time student or is not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself. 2011 turbo tax software Your work can be for others or in your own business or partnership. 2011 turbo tax software It can be either full time or part time. 2011 turbo tax software Work also includes actively looking for work. 2011 turbo tax software However, if you do not find a job and have no earned income for the year, you cannot take this credit. 2011 turbo tax software See Earned Income Test, earlier. 2011 turbo tax software An expense is not considered work-related merely because you had it while you were working. 2011 turbo tax software The purpose of the expense must be to allow you to work. 2011 turbo tax software Whether your expenses allow you to work or look for work depends on the facts. 2011 turbo tax software Example 1. 2011 turbo tax software The cost of a babysitter while you and your spouse go out to eat is not normally a work-related expense. 2011 turbo tax software Example 2. 2011 turbo tax software You work during the day. 2011 turbo tax software Your spouse works at night and sleeps during the day. 2011 turbo tax software You pay for care of your 5-year-old child during the hours when you are working and your spouse is sleeping. 2011 turbo tax software Your expenses are considered work-related. 2011 turbo tax software Volunteer work. 2011 turbo tax software   For this purpose, you are not considered to be working if you do unpaid volunteer work or volunteer work for a nominal salary. 2011 turbo tax software Work for part of year. 2011 turbo tax software   If you work or actively look for work during only part of the period covered by the expenses, then you must figure your expenses for each day. 2011 turbo tax software For example, if you work all year and pay care expenses of $250 a month ($3,000 for the year), all the expenses are work related. 2011 turbo tax software However, if you work or look for work for only 2 months and 15 days during the year and pay expenses of $250 a month, your work-related expenses are limited to $625 (2½ months × $250). 2011 turbo tax software Temporary absence from work. 2011 turbo tax software   You do not have to figure your expenses for each day during a short, temporary absence from work, such as for vacation or a minor illness, if you have to pay for care anyway. 2011 turbo tax software Instead, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for the period of absence. 2011 turbo tax software   An absence of 2 weeks or less is a short, temporary absence. 2011 turbo tax software An absence of more than 2 weeks may be considered a short, temporary absence, depending on the circumstances. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software You pay a nanny to care for your 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter so you can work. 2011 turbo tax software You become ill and miss 4 months of work but receive sick pay. 2011 turbo tax software You continue to pay the nanny to care for the children while you are ill. 2011 turbo tax software Your absence is not a short, temporary absence, and your expenses are not considered work-related. 2011 turbo tax software Part-time work. 2011 turbo tax software   If you work part-time, you generally must figure your expenses for each day. 2011 turbo tax software However, if you have to pay for care weekly, monthly, or in another way that includes both days worked and days not worked, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for days you did not work. 2011 turbo tax software Any day when you work at least 1 hour is a day of work. 2011 turbo tax software Example 1. 2011 turbo tax software You work 3 days a week. 2011 turbo tax software While you work, your 6-year-old child attends a dependent care center, which complies with all state and local regulations. 2011 turbo tax software You can pay the center $150 for any 3 days a week or $250 for 5 days a week. 2011 turbo tax software Your child attends the center 5 days a week. 2011 turbo tax software Your work-related expenses are limited to $150 a week. 2011 turbo tax software Example 2. 2011 turbo tax software The facts are the same as in Example 1 except the center does not offer a 3-day option. 2011 turbo tax software The entire $250 weekly fee may be a work-related expense. 2011 turbo tax software Care of a Qualifying Person To be work-related, your expenses must be to provide care for a qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software You do not have to choose the least expensive way of providing the care. 2011 turbo tax software The cost of a paid care provider may be an expense for the care of a qualifying person even if another care provider is available at no cost. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses are for the care of a qualifying person only if their main purpose is the person's well-being and protection. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses for household services qualify if part of the services is for the care of qualifying persons. 2011 turbo tax software See Household Services, later. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses not for care. 2011 turbo tax software   Expenses for care do not include amounts you pay for food, lodging, clothing, education, and entertainment. 2011 turbo tax software However, you can include small amounts paid for these items if they are incidental to and cannot be separated from the cost of caring for the qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software Otherwise, see the discussion of Expenses partly work-related, later. 2011 turbo tax software   Child support payments are not for care and do not qualify for the credit. 2011 turbo tax software Education. 2011 turbo tax software   Expenses for a child in nursery school, preschool, or similar programs for children below the level of kindergarten are expenses for care. 2011 turbo tax software   Expenses to attend kindergarten or a higher grade are not expenses for care. 2011 turbo tax software Do not use these expenses to figure your credit. 2011 turbo tax software   However, expenses for before- or after-school care of a child in kindergarten or a higher grade may be expenses for care. 2011 turbo tax software   Summer school and tutoring programs are not for care. 2011 turbo tax software Example 1. 2011 turbo tax software You take your 3-year-old child to a nursery school that provides lunch and a few educational activities as part of its preschool childcare service. 2011 turbo tax software The lunch and educational activities are incidental to the childcare, and their cost cannot be separated from the cost of care. 2011 turbo tax software You can count the total cost when you figure the credit. 2011 turbo tax software Example 2. 2011 turbo tax software You place your 10-year-old child in a boarding school so you can work full time. 2011 turbo tax software Only the part of the boarding school expense that is for the care of your child is a work-related expense. 2011 turbo tax software You can count that part of the expense in figuring your credit if it can be separated from the cost of education. 2011 turbo tax software You cannot count any part of the amount you pay the school for your child's education. 2011 turbo tax software Care outside your home. 2011 turbo tax software   You can count the cost of care provided outside your home if the care is for your dependent under age 13 or any other qualifying person who regularly spends at least 8 hours each day in your home. 2011 turbo tax software Dependent care center. 2011 turbo tax software   You can count care provided outside your home by a dependent care center only if the center complies with all state and local regulations that apply to these centers. 2011 turbo tax software   A dependent care center is a place that provides care for more than six persons (other than persons who live there) and receives a fee, payment, or grant for providing services for any of those persons, even if the center is not run for profit. 2011 turbo tax software Camp. 2011 turbo tax software   The cost of sending your child to an overnight camp is not considered a work-related expense. 2011 turbo tax software    The cost of sending your child to a day camp may be a work-related expense, even if the camp specializes in a particular activity, such as computers or soccer. 2011 turbo tax software Transportation. 2011 turbo tax software   If a care provider takes a qualifying person to or from a place where care is provided, that transportation is for the care of the qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software This includes transportation by bus, subway, taxi, or private car. 2011 turbo tax software However, transportation not provided by a care provider is not for the care of a qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software Also, if you pay the transportation cost for the care provider to come to your home, that expense is not for care of a qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software Fees and deposits. 2011 turbo tax software   Fees you paid to an agency to get the services of a care provider, deposits you paid to an agency or preschool, application fees, and other indirect expenses are work-related expenses if you have to pay them to get care, even though they are not directly for care. 2011 turbo tax software However, a forfeited deposit is not for the care of a qualifying person if care is not provided. 2011 turbo tax software Example 1. 2011 turbo tax software You paid a fee to an agency to get the services of the nanny who cares for your 2-year-old daughter while you work. 2011 turbo tax software The fee you paid is a work-related expense. 2011 turbo tax software Example 2. 2011 turbo tax software You placed a deposit with a preschool to reserve a place for your 3-year-old child. 2011 turbo tax software You later sent your child to a different preschool and forfeited the deposit. 2011 turbo tax software The forfeited deposit is not for care and so is not a work-related expense. 2011 turbo tax software Household Services Expenses you pay for household services meet the work-related expense test if they are at least partly for the well-being and protection of a qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software Definition. 2011 turbo tax software   Household services are ordinary and usual services done in and around your home that are necessary to run your home. 2011 turbo tax software They include the services of a housekeeper, maid, or cook. 2011 turbo tax software However, they do not include the services of a chauffeur, bartender, or gardener. 2011 turbo tax software Housekeeper. 2011 turbo tax software   In this publication, the term housekeeper refers to any household employee whose services include the care of a qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses partly work-related. 2011 turbo tax software   If part of an expense is work-related (for either household services or the care of a qualifying person) and part is for other purposes, you have to divide the expense. 2011 turbo tax software To figure your credit, count only the part that is work-related. 2011 turbo tax software However, you do not have to divide the expense if only a small part is for other purposes. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software You pay a housekeeper to care for your 9-year-old and 15-year-old children so you can work. 2011 turbo tax software The housekeeper spends most of the time doing normal household work and spends 30 minutes a day driving you to and from work. 2011 turbo tax software You do not have to divide the expenses. 2011 turbo tax software You can treat the entire expense of the housekeeper as work-related because the time spent driving is minimal. 2011 turbo tax software Nor do you have to divide the expenses between the two children, even though the expenses are partly for the 15-year-old child who is not a qualifying person, because the expense is also partly for the care of your 9-year-old child, who is a qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software However, the dollar limit (discussed later) is based on one qualifying person, not two. 2011 turbo tax software Meals and lodging provided for housekeeper. 2011 turbo tax software   If you have expenses for meals that your housekeeper eats in your home because of his or her employment, count these as work-related expenses. 2011 turbo tax software If you have extra expenses for providing lodging in your home to the housekeeper, count these as work-related expenses also. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software To provide lodging to the housekeeper, you move to an apartment with an extra bedroom. 2011 turbo tax software You can count the extra rent and utility expenses for the housekeeper's bedroom as work-related. 2011 turbo tax software However, if your housekeeper moves into an existing bedroom in your home, you can count only the extra utility expenses as work-related. 2011 turbo tax software Taxes paid on wages. 2011 turbo tax software   The taxes you pay on wages for qualifying child and dependent care services are work-related expenses. 2011 turbo tax software For more information on a household employer's tax responsibilities, see Employment Taxes for Household Employers, later. 2011 turbo tax software Payments to Relatives or Dependents You can count work-related payments you make to relatives who are not your dependents, even if they live in your home. 2011 turbo tax software However, do not count any amounts you pay to: A dependent for whom you (or your spouse if filing jointly) can claim an exemption, Your child who was under age 19 at the end of the year, even if he or she is not your dependent, A person who was your spouse any time during the year, or The parent of your qualifying person if your qualifying person is your child and under age 13. 2011 turbo tax software Joint Return Test Generally, married couples must file a joint return to take the credit. 2011 turbo tax software However, if you are legally separated or living apart from your spouse, you may be able to file a separate return and still take the credit. 2011 turbo tax software Legally separated. 2011 turbo tax software   You are not considered married if you are legally separated from your spouse under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. 2011 turbo tax software You may be eligible to take the credit on your return using head of household filing status. 2011 turbo tax software Married and living apart. 2011 turbo tax software   You are not considered married and are eligible to take the credit if all the following apply. 2011 turbo tax software You file a return apart from your spouse. 2011 turbo tax software Your home is the home of a qualifying person for more than half the year. 2011 turbo tax software You pay more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the year. 2011 turbo tax software Your spouse does not live in your home for the last 6 months of the year. 2011 turbo tax software Costs of keeping up a home. 2011 turbo tax software   The costs of keeping up a home normally include property taxes, mortgage interest, rent, utility charges, home repairs, insurance on the home, and food eaten at home. 2011 turbo tax software   The costs of keeping up a home do not include payments for clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, transportation, or mortgage principal. 2011 turbo tax software   They also do not include the purchase, permanent improvement, or replacement of property. 2011 turbo tax software For example, you cannot include the cost of replacing a water heater. 2011 turbo tax software However, you can include the cost of repairing a water heater. 2011 turbo tax software Death of spouse. 2011 turbo tax software   If your spouse died during the year and you do not remarry before the end of the year, you generally must file a joint return to take the credit. 2011 turbo tax software If you do remarry before the end of the year, the credit can be claimed on your deceased spouse's own return. 2011 turbo tax software Provider Identification Test You must identify all persons or organizations that provide care for your child or dependent. 2011 turbo tax software Use Form 2441, Part I, to show the information. 2011 turbo tax software If you do not have any care providers and you are filing Form 2441 only to report taxable income in Part III, enter “none” in line 1, column (a). 2011 turbo tax software Information needed. 2011 turbo tax software   To identify the care provider, you must give the provider's: Name, Address, and Taxpayer identification number. 2011 turbo tax software    If the care provider is an individual, the taxpayer identification number is his or her social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. 2011 turbo tax software If the care provider is an organization, then it is the employer identification number (EIN). 2011 turbo tax software   You do not have to show the taxpayer identification number if the care provider is a tax-exempt organization (such as a church or school). 2011 turbo tax software In this case, enter “Tax-Exempt” in the space where Form 2441 asks for the number. 2011 turbo tax software   If you cannot provide all of the information or the information is incorrect, you must be able to show that you used due diligence (discussed later) in trying to furnish the necessary information. 2011 turbo tax software Getting the information. 2011 turbo tax software    You can use Form W-10, Dependent Care Provider's Identification and Certification, to request the required information from the care provider. 2011 turbo tax software If you do not use Form W-10, you can get the information from one of the other sources listed in the instructions for Form W-10, including: A copy of the provider's social security card, A copy of the provider's completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, if he or she is your household employee, A copy of the statement furnished by your employer if the provider is your employer's dependent care plan, or A letter or invoice from the provider if it shows the necessary information. 2011 turbo tax software    You should keep this information with your tax records. 2011 turbo tax software Do not send Form W-10 (or other document containing this information) to the Internal Revenue Service. 2011 turbo tax software Due diligence. 2011 turbo tax software   If the care provider information you give is incorrect or incomplete, your credit may not be allowed. 2011 turbo tax software However, if you can show that you used due diligence in trying to supply the information, you can still claim the credit. 2011 turbo tax software   You can show due diligence by getting and keeping the provider's completed Form W-10 or one of the other sources of information just listed. 2011 turbo tax software Care providers can be penalized if they do not provide this information to you or if they provide incorrect information. 2011 turbo tax software Provider refusal. 2011 turbo tax software    If the provider refuses to give you the identifying information, you should report on Form 2441 whatever information you have (such as the name and address). 2011 turbo tax software Enter “See Attached Statement” in the columns calling for the information you do not have. 2011 turbo tax software Then attach a statement explaining that you requested the information from the care provider, but the provider did not give you the information. 2011 turbo tax software Be sure to write your name and social security number on this statement. 2011 turbo tax software The statement will show that you used due diligence in trying to furnish the necessary information. 2011 turbo tax software U. 2011 turbo tax software S. 2011 turbo tax software citizens and resident aliens living abroad. 2011 turbo tax software   If you are living abroad, your care provider may not have, and may not be required to get, a U. 2011 turbo tax software S. 2011 turbo tax software taxpayer identification number (for example, an SSN or an EIN). 2011 turbo tax software If so, enter “LAFCP” (Living Abroad Foreign Care Provider) in the space for the care provider's taxpayer identification number. 2011 turbo tax software How To Figure the Credit Your credit is a percentage of your work-related expenses. 2011 turbo tax software Your expenses are subject to the earned income limit and the dollar limit. 2011 turbo tax software The percentage is based on your adjusted gross income. 2011 turbo tax software Figuring Total Work-Related Expenses To figure the credit for 2013 work-related expenses, count only those you paid by December 31, 2013. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses prepaid in an earlier year. 2011 turbo tax software   If you pay for services before they are provided, you can count the prepaid expenses only in the year the care is received. 2011 turbo tax software Claim the expenses for the later year as if they were actually paid in that later year. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses not paid until the following year. 2011 turbo tax software   Do not count 2012 expenses that you paid in 2013 as work-related expenses for 2013. 2011 turbo tax software You may be able to claim an additional credit for them on your 2013 return, but you must figure it separately. 2011 turbo tax software See Payments for prior year's expenses under Amount of Credit, later. 2011 turbo tax software If you had expenses in 2013 that you did not pay until 2014, you cannot count them when figuring your 2013 credit. 2011 turbo tax software You may be able to claim a credit for them on your 2014 return. 2011 turbo tax software Expenses reimbursed. 2011 turbo tax software   If a state social services agency pays you a nontaxable amount to reimburse you for some of your child and dependent care expenses, you cannot count the expenses that are reimbursed as work-related expenses. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software You paid work-related expenses of $3,000. 2011 turbo tax software You are reimbursed $2,000 by a state social services agency. 2011 turbo tax software You can use only $1,000 to figure your credit. 2011 turbo tax software Medical expenses. 2011 turbo tax software   Some expenses for the care of qualifying persons who are not able to care for themselves may qualify as work-related expenses and also as medical expenses. 2011 turbo tax software You can use them either way, but you cannot use the same expenses to claim both a credit and a medical expense deduction. 2011 turbo tax software   If you use these expenses to figure the credit and they are more than the earned income limit or the dollar limit, discussed later, you can add the excess to your medical expenses. 2011 turbo tax software However, if you use your total expenses to figure your medical expense deduction, you cannot use any part of them to figure your credit. 2011 turbo tax software For information on medical expenses, see Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. 2011 turbo tax software    Amounts excluded from your income under your employer's dependent care benefits plan cannot be used to claim a medical expense deduction. 2011 turbo tax software Dependent Care Benefits If you receive dependent care benefits, your dollar limit for purposes of the credit may be reduced. 2011 turbo tax software See Reduced Dollar Limit, later. 2011 turbo tax software But, even if you cannot take the credit, you may be able to take an exclusion or deduction for the dependent care benefits. 2011 turbo tax software Dependent care benefits. 2011 turbo tax software    Dependent care benefits include: Amounts your employer paid directly to either you or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person while you work, The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer, and Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. 2011 turbo tax software Your salary may have been reduced to pay for these benefits. 2011 turbo tax software If you received benefits as an employee, they should be shown in box 10 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. 2011 turbo tax software See Statement for employee, later. 2011 turbo tax software Benefits you received as a partner should be shown in box 13 of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) with code O. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter the amount of these benefits on Form 2441, Part III, line 12. 2011 turbo tax software Exclusion or deduction. 2011 turbo tax software   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. 2011 turbo tax software Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. 2011 turbo tax software To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441. 2011 turbo tax software You cannot use Form 1040EZ. 2011 turbo tax software   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. 2011 turbo tax software Therefore, you would not get an exclusion from wages. 2011 turbo tax software Instead, you would get a deduction on Form 1040, Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. 2011 turbo tax software To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. 2011 turbo tax software   The amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to the smallest of: The total amount of dependent care benefits you received during the year, The total amount of qualified expenses you incurred during the year, Your earned income, Your spouse's earned income, or $5,000 ($2,500 if married filing separately). 2011 turbo tax software   The definition of earned income for the exclusion or deduction is the same as the definition used when figuring the credit except that earned income for the exclusion or deduction does not include any dependent care benefits you receive. 2011 turbo tax software    You can choose to include your nontaxable combat pay in earned income when figuring your exclusion or deduction, even if you choose not to include it in earned income for the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. 2011 turbo tax software Statement for employee. 2011 turbo tax software   Your employer must give you a Form W-2 (or similar statement), showing in box 10 the total amount of dependent care benefits provided to you during the year under a qualified plan. 2011 turbo tax software Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $5,000 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. 2011 turbo tax software Effect of exclusion on credit. 2011 turbo tax software   If you exclude dependent care benefits from your income, the amount of the excluded benefits: Is not included in your work-related expenses, and Reduces the dollar limit, discussed later. 2011 turbo tax software Earned Income Limit The amount of work-related expenses you use to figure your credit cannot be more than: Your earned income for the year, if you are single at the end of the year, or The smaller of your or your spouse's earned income for the year if you are married at the end of the year. 2011 turbo tax software Earned income for the purpose of figuring the credit is defined under Earned Income Test, earlier. 2011 turbo tax software For purposes of item (2), use your spouse's earned income for the entire year, even if you were married for only part of the year. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software You remarried on December 3. 2011 turbo tax software Your earned income for the year was $18,000. 2011 turbo tax software Your new spouse's earned income for the year was $2,000. 2011 turbo tax software You paid work-related expenses of $3,000 for the care of your 5-year-old child and qualified to claim the credit. 2011 turbo tax software The amount of expenses you use to figure your credit cannot be more than $2,000 (the smaller of your earned income or that of your spouse). 2011 turbo tax software Separated spouse. 2011 turbo tax software   If you are legally separated or married and living apart from your spouse (as described under Joint Return Test, earlier), you are not considered married for purposes of the earned income limit. 2011 turbo tax software Use only your income in figuring the earned income limit. 2011 turbo tax software Surviving spouse. 2011 turbo tax software   If your spouse died during the year and you file a joint return as a surviving spouse, you may, but are not required to, take into account the earned income of your spouse who died during the year. 2011 turbo tax software Community property laws. 2011 turbo tax software   Disregard community property laws when you figure earned income for this credit. 2011 turbo tax software Self-employment earnings. 2011 turbo tax software   If you are self-employed, include your net earnings in earned income. 2011 turbo tax software For purposes of the child and dependent care credit, net earnings from self-employment generally means the amount from Schedule SE (either Section A or Section B), line 3, minus any deduction for self-employment tax on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 27. 2011 turbo tax software Include your self-employment earnings in earned income, even if they are less than $400 and you did not file Schedule SE. 2011 turbo tax software Clergy or church employee. 2011 turbo tax software   If you are a member of the clergy or a church employee, see the Instructions for Form 2441 for details. 2011 turbo tax software Statutory employee. 2011 turbo tax software   If you filed Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040) to report income as a statutory employee, also include as earned income the amount from line 1 of that Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040). 2011 turbo tax software Net loss. 2011 turbo tax software   You must reduce your earned income by any net loss from self-employment. 2011 turbo tax software Optional method if earnings are low or a net loss. 2011 turbo tax software   If your net earnings from self-employment are low or you have a net loss, you may be able to figure your net earnings by using an optional method instead of the regular method. 2011 turbo tax software Get Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for details. 2011 turbo tax software If you use an optional method to figure net earnings for self-employment tax purposes, include those net earnings in your earned income for this credit. 2011 turbo tax software In this case, subtract any deduction you claimed on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 27, from the total of the amounts on Schedule SE, Section B, lines 3 and 4b, to figure your net earnings. 2011 turbo tax software You or your spouse is a student or not able to care for self. 2011 turbo tax software   Your spouse who is either a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself is treated as having earned income. 2011 turbo tax software His or her earned income for each month is considered to be at least $250 if there is one qualifying person in your home, or at least $500 if there are two or more. 2011 turbo tax software Spouse works. 2011 turbo tax software   If your spouse works during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or his or her actual earned income for that month. 2011 turbo tax software Spouse qualifies for part of month. 2011 turbo tax software   If your spouse is a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself for only part of a month, the full $250 (or $500) still applies for that month. 2011 turbo tax software You are a student or not able to care for self. 2011 turbo tax software   These rules also apply if you are a student or not able to care for yourself and are filing a joint return. 2011 turbo tax software For each month or part of a month you are a student or not able to care for yourself, your earned income is considered to be at least $250 (or $500). 2011 turbo tax software If you also work during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or your actual earned income for that month. 2011 turbo tax software Both spouses qualify. 2011 turbo tax software   If, in the same month, both you and your spouse are either full-time students or not able to care for yourselves, only one spouse can be considered to have this earned income of $250 (or $500) for that month. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software Jim works and keeps up a home for himself and his wife Sharon. 2011 turbo tax software Because of an accident, Sharon is not able to care for herself for 11 months during the tax year. 2011 turbo tax software During the 11 months, Jim pays $3,300 of work-related expenses for Sharon's care. 2011 turbo tax software These expenses also qualify as medical expenses. 2011 turbo tax software Their adjusted gross income is $29,000 and the entire amount is Jim's earned income. 2011 turbo tax software Jim and Sharon's earned income limit is the smallest of the following amounts. 2011 turbo tax software   Jim and Sharon's Earned Income Limit   1) Work-related expenses Jim paid $   3,300   2) Jim's earned income $   29,000   3) Income considered earned by Sharon (11 × $250) $    2,750   Jim and Sharon can use $2,750 to figure the credit and treat the balance of $550 ($3,300 − $2,750) as a medical expense. 2011 turbo tax software However, if they use the $3,300 first as a medical expense, they cannot use any part of that amount to figure the credit. 2011 turbo tax software Dollar Limit There is a dollar limit on the amount of your work-related expenses you can use to figure the credit. 2011 turbo tax software This limit is $3,000 for one qualifying person, or $6,000 for two or more qualifying persons. 2011 turbo tax software If you paid work-related expenses for the care of two or more qualifying persons, the applicable dollar limit is $6,000. 2011 turbo tax software This limit does not need to be divided equally among them. 2011 turbo tax software For example, if your work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person are $3,200 and your work-related expenses for another qualifying person are $2,800, you can use the total, $6,000, when figuring the credit. 2011 turbo tax software Yearly limit. 2011 turbo tax software   The dollar limit is a yearly limit. 2011 turbo tax software The amount of the dollar limit remains the same no matter how long, during the year, you have a qualifying person in your household. 2011 turbo tax software Use the $3,000 limit if you paid work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person at any time during the year. 2011 turbo tax software Use $6,000 if you paid work-related expenses for the care of more than one qualifying person at any time during the year. 2011 turbo tax software Example 1. 2011 turbo tax software You pay $500 a month for after-school care for your son. 2011 turbo tax software He turned 13 on May 1 and is no longer a qualifying person. 2011 turbo tax software You can use the $2,000 of expenses for his care January through April to figure your credit because it is not more than the $3,000 yearly limit. 2011 turbo tax software Example 2. 2011 turbo tax software In July of this year, to permit your spouse to begin a new job, you enrolled your 3-year-old daughter in a nursery school that provides preschool childcare. 2011 turbo tax software You paid $300 per month for the childcare. 2011 turbo tax software You can use the full $1,800 you paid ($300 × 6 months) as qualified expenses because it is not more than the $3,000 yearly limit. 2011 turbo tax software Reduced Dollar Limit If you received dependent care benefits that you exclude or deduct from your income, you must subtract that amount from the dollar limit that applies to you. 2011 turbo tax software Your reduced dollar limit is figured on Form 2441, Part III. 2011 turbo tax software See Dependent Care Benefits, earlier, for information on excluding or deducting these benefits. 2011 turbo tax software Example 1. 2011 turbo tax software George is a widower with one child and earns $24,000 a year. 2011 turbo tax software He pays work-related expenses of $2,900 for the care of his 4-year-old child and qualifies to claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses. 2011 turbo tax software His employer pays an additional $1,000 under a qualified dependent care benefit plan. 2011 turbo tax software This $1,000 is excluded from George's income. 2011 turbo tax software Although the dollar limit for his work-related expenses is $3,000 (one qualifying person), George figures his credit on only $2,000 of the $2,900 work-related expenses he paid. 2011 turbo tax software This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. 2011 turbo tax software   George's Reduced Dollar Limit 1) Maximum allowable expenses for one qualifying person $3,000 2) Minus: Dependent care benefits George excludes from income −1,000 3) Reduced dollar limit on expenses George can use for the credit $2,000 Example 2. 2011 turbo tax software Randall is married and both he and his wife are employed. 2011 turbo tax software Each has earned income in excess of $6,000. 2011 turbo tax software They have two children, Anne and Andy, ages 2 and 4, who attend a daycare facility licensed and regulated by the state. 2011 turbo tax software Randall's work-related expenses are $6,000 for the year. 2011 turbo tax software Randall's employer has a dependent care assistance program as part of its cafeteria plan, which allows employees to make pre-tax contributions to a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. 2011 turbo tax software Randall has elected to take the maximum $5,000 exclusion from his salary to cover dependent care expenses through this program. 2011 turbo tax software Although the dollar limit for his work-related expenses is $6,000 (two or more qualifying persons), Randall figures his credit on only $1,000 of the $6,000 work-related expense paid. 2011 turbo tax software This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. 2011 turbo tax software   Randall's Reduced Dollar Limit 1) Maximum allowable expenses for two qualifying persons $6,000 2) Minus: Dependent care benefits selected from employer's cafeteria plan and  excluded from Randall's income −5,000 3) Reduced dollar limit on work-related expenses Randall can use for the credit $1,000 Amount of Credit To determine the amount of your credit, multiply your work-related expenses (after applying the earned income and dollar limits) by a percentage. 2011 turbo tax software This percentage depends on your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. 2011 turbo tax software The following table shows the percentage to use based on adjusted gross income. 2011 turbo tax software   IF your adjusted gross income is: THEN the       Over:       But not over:   percentage is:       $0   —   $15,000   35%       15,000   —   17,000   34%       17,000   —   19,000   33%       19,000   —   21,000   32%       21,000   —   23,000   31%       23,000   —   25,000   30%       25,000   —   27,000   29%       27,000   —   29,000   28%       29,000   —   31,000   27%       31,000   —   33,000   26%       33,000   —   35,000   25%       35,000   —   37,000   24%       37,000   —   39,000   23%       39,000   —   41,000   22%       41,000   —   43,000   21%       43,000   —   No limit   20%   To qualify for the credit, you must have one or more qualifying persons. 2011 turbo tax software You should show the expenses for each person on Form 2441, line 2, column (c). 2011 turbo tax software However, it is possible a qualifying person could have no expenses and a second qualifying person could have expenses exceeding $3,000. 2011 turbo tax software You should list -0- for the one person and the actual amount for the second person. 2011 turbo tax software The $6,000 limit that applies to two or more qualifying persons would still be used to compute your credit unless you already excluded or deducted, in Part III of Form 2441, certain dependent care benefits paid to you (or on your behalf) by your employer. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software Roger and Megan Paris have two qualifying children. 2011 turbo tax software They received $1,000 of dependent care benefits from Megan's employer during 2013, but they incurred a total of $19,500 of child and dependent care expenses. 2011 turbo tax software They complete Part III of Form 2441 to exclude the $1,000 from their taxable income (offsetting $1,000 of their expenses). 2011 turbo tax software Roger and Megan continue to line 27 to figure their credit using the remaining $18,500 of expenses. 2011 turbo tax software Line 30 tells them to complete line 2 without including any dependent care benefits. 2011 turbo tax software They complete line 2 of Form 2441, listing both Susan and James, as shown in the Line 2 example above. 2011 turbo tax software Line 2 Example (a) Qualifying person's name (b) Qualifying person's social security number (c) Qualified expenses you incurred and paid in 2013 for the person listed in column (a) First Last Susan Paris 123-00-6789 -0- James Paris 987-00-4321 18,500. 2011 turbo tax software 00 All of Susan's expenses were covered by the $1,000 of employer-provided dependent care benefits. 2011 turbo tax software However, their son James has special needs and they paid $18,500 for his care. 2011 turbo tax software Line 3 imposes a $5,000 limit for two or more children ($6,000 limit, minus $1,000 already excluded from income = $5,000) and Roger and Megan continue to complete the form. 2011 turbo tax software Even though line 2 indicates one of the Paris children did not have any dependent care expenses, it does not change the fact that they had two qualifying children for the purposes of Form 2441. 2011 turbo tax software Payments for prior year's expenses. 2011 turbo tax software   If you had work-related expenses in 2012 that you paid in 2013, you may be able to increase the credit on your 2013 return. 2011 turbo tax software Attach a statement to your form showing how you figured the additional amount from 2012. 2011 turbo tax software Then enter “CPYE” (Credit for Prior Year Expenses) and the amount of the credit on the dotted line next to line 9 on Form 2441. 2011 turbo tax software Also enter the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses. 2011 turbo tax software Then add this credit to the amount on line 9, and replace the amount on line 9 with the total. 2011 turbo tax software See Worksheet A. 2011 turbo tax software Example. 2011 turbo tax software In 2012, Sam and Kate had childcare expenses of $2,600 for their 12-year-old child. 2011 turbo tax software Of the $2,600, they paid $2,000 in 2012 and $600 in 2013. 2011 turbo tax software Their adjusted gross income for 2012 was $30,000. 2011 turbo tax software Sam's earned income of $14,000 was less than Kate's earned income. 2011 turbo tax software A credit for their 2012 expenses paid in 2013 is not allowed in 2012. 2011 turbo tax software It is allowed for the 2013 tax year, but they must use their adjusted gross income for 2012 to compute the amount. 2011 turbo tax software The filled-in Worksheet A they used to figure this credit is shown later. 2011 turbo tax software Sam and Kate add the $162 from line 13 of this worksheet to their 2013 credit and enter the total on their Form 2441, line 9. 2011 turbo tax software They enter “CPYE $162” and their child's name and SSN in the space to the left of line 9. 2011 turbo tax software Worksheet A. 2011 turbo tax software Worksheet for 2012 Expenses Paid in 2013 Use this worksheet to figure the credit you may claim for 2012 expenses paid in 2013. 2011 turbo tax software 1. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. 2011 turbo tax software     2. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. 2011 turbo tax software     3. 2011 turbo tax software   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. 2011 turbo tax software     4. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. 2011 turbo tax software     5. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. 2011 turbo tax software     6. 2011 turbo tax software   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. 2011 turbo tax software     7. 2011 turbo tax software   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. 2011 turbo tax software     8. 2011 turbo tax software   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. 2011 turbo tax software     9. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. 2011 turbo tax software     10. 2011 turbo tax software   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. 2011 turbo tax software If zero or less, stop here. 2011 turbo tax software You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. 2011 turbo tax software     11. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. 2011 turbo tax software     12. 2011 turbo tax software   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. 2011 turbo tax software             IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over:   But not over:     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 21                 43,000 — No limit     . 2011 turbo tax software 20           13. 2011 turbo tax software   Multiply line 10 by line 12. 2011 turbo tax software Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. 2011 turbo tax software Enter the following on the dotted line next to line 9 of Form 2441: “CPYE” The amount of this credit for a prior year's expenses           Also, attach a statement to your tax return showing the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses and how you figured the credit 13. 2011 turbo tax software       Worksheet A. 2011 turbo tax software Filled-in Worksheet for 2012 Expenses Paid in 2013 Use this worksheet to figure the credit you may claim for 2012 expenses paid in 2013. 2011 turbo tax software 1. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. 2011 turbo tax software   $2,000 2. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. 2011 turbo tax software   600 3. 2011 turbo tax software   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. 2011 turbo tax software   2,600 4. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. 2011 turbo tax software   3,000 5. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. 2011 turbo tax software   0 6. 2011 turbo tax software   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. 2011 turbo tax software   3,000 7. 2011 turbo tax software   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. 2011 turbo tax software   14,000 8. 2011 turbo tax software   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. 2011 turbo tax software   2,600 9. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. 2011 turbo tax software   2,000 10. 2011 turbo tax software   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. 2011 turbo tax software If zero or less, stop here. 2011 turbo tax software You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. 2011 turbo tax software   600 11. 2011 turbo tax software   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. 2011 turbo tax software   30,000 12. 2011 turbo tax software   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. 2011 turbo tax software   . 2011 turbo tax software 27         IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over   But not over     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . 2011 turbo tax software 21                 43,000 — No limit     . 2011 turbo tax software 20           13. 2011 turbo tax software   Multiply line 10 by line 12. 2011 turbo tax software Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. 2011 turbo tax software Enter the following on the dotted line next to line 9 of Form 2441: “CPYE” The amount of this credit for a prior year's expenses             Also, attach a statement to your tax return showing the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses and how you figured the credit 13. 2011 turbo tax software   $162   How To Claim the Credit To claim the credit, you can file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. 2011 turbo tax software You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. 2011 turbo tax software Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. 2011 turbo tax software    You must complete Form 2441 and attach it to your Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. 2011 turbo tax software Enter the credit on your Form 1040, line 48; Form 1040A, line 29; or Form 1040NR, line 46. 2011 turbo tax software Limit on credit. 2011 turbo tax software    The amount of credit you can claim is limited to your tax. 2011 turbo tax software For more information, see the Instructions for Form 2441. 2011 turbo tax software Tax credit not refundable. 2011 turbo tax software   You cannot get a refund for any part of the credit that is more than this limit. 2011 turbo tax software Recordkeeping. 2011 turbo tax software You should keep records of your work-related expenses. 2011 turbo tax software Also, if your dependent or spouse is not able to care for himself or herself, your records should show both the nature and length of the disability. 2011 turbo tax software Other records you should keep to support your claim for the credit are described under Provider Identification Test, earlier. 2011 turbo tax software Employment Taxes for Household Employers If you pay someone to come to your home and care for your dependent or spouse, you may be a household employer. 2011 turbo tax software If you are a household employer, you will need an employer identification number (EIN) and you may have to pay employment taxes. 2011 turbo tax software If the individuals who work in your home are self-employed, you are not liable for any of the taxes discussed in this section. 2011 turbo tax software Self-employed persons who are in business for themselves are not household employees. 2011 turbo tax software Usually, you are not a household employer if the person who cares for your dependent or spouse does so at his or her home or place of business. 2011 turbo tax software If you use a placement agency that exercises control over what work is done and 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so you only need to check once a day. 2011 turbo tax software Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 2011 turbo tax software No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 2011 turbo tax software The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. 2011 turbo tax software When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 2011 turbo tax software New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 2011 turbo tax software  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 2011 turbo tax software gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 2011 turbo tax software You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 2011 turbo tax software The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 2011 turbo tax software When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. 2011 turbo tax software Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. 2011 turbo tax software You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 2011 turbo tax software Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 2011 turbo tax software gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 2011 turbo tax software Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 2011 turbo tax software Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 2011 turbo tax software Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 2011 turbo tax software If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. 2011 turbo tax software Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? 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Understanding your CP13M Notice

We made changes to your return involving the Making Work Pay credit or the Government Retiree Credit. You're not due a refund nor do you owe an additional amount because of our changes. Your account balance is zero.

Printable samples of this notice (PDF)

Tax publications you may find useful

How to get help

Calling the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice is the fastest way to get your questions answered.

You can also authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using this Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (Form 2848).

Or you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
 


What you need to do

  • Read your notice carefully — it will explain how the Making Work Pay credit or the Government Retiree Credit relate to the changes we made.
  • Review the notice and compare our changes to the information on your tax return.
  • Correct the copy of your tax return that you kept for your records.
  • You don't need to do anything if you agree with the notice.
  • If you disagree with the notice, please contact us at the toll-free number listed on its top right corner (within 60 days of its date).

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Answers to Common Questions

What is the Making Work Pay credit?
It is a refundable tax credit that can go up to $400 for individuals and $800 for married taxpayers.

What is the Government Retiree Credit?
It is a refundable tax credit that can go up to $250 for individuals and $500 for married taxpayers.

What should I do if I disagree with the changes you made?
Contact us at the toll free number listed on the top right corner of your notice if you disagree with the changes we made.

What should I do if I need to make another correction to my tax return?
You'll need to file an amended return to make a correction.


Tips for next year

Consider filing your taxes electronically. Filing online can help you avoid mistakes and find credits and deductions that you may qualify for. In many cases you can file for free. Learn more about e-file.

Perform a quick check on the amount you have withheld to make sure you won't owe money next year. You can use this IRS withholding calculator.

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