To claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses, you need to fill out Parts I and II of IRS Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, if you're filing IRS Form 1040.
This form requires you to provide identification information for both the care provider(s) and the qualifying children or disabled persons. The form helps you to compute your credit by comparing your allowable expenses with your wages and other earnings (and those of your spouse, if married). Your credit amount as shown on Form 2441 is carried to your Form 1040, where it will be directly subtracted from the taxes you owe.
You must complete Part III of this form if you are claiming a dependent care exclusion.
Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses
Instructions for Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses
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For more information, see our discussion of claiming the credit for child and dependent care expenses.
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