Tax relief for dependent care

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit | NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) / Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

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This tax credit helps working families pay for the care of children, adult dependents, or disabled spouses. You can claim up to $3,000 in expenses for one dependent or $6,000 for more than one when you file your taxes.

  • File your taxes by May 17, 2021
  • The credit can be up to 35% of your expenses if you spent on care for a child who was under age 13 at the time of care, or a spouse or dependent who is unable to care for themselves
  • The NYC Child Care Tax Credit is another tax benefit to help families pay for childcare. Families who earn $30,000 or less and pay for childcare for children age 4 or under may be eligible for a credit of up to $1,733

Who is eligible

To be eligible for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, you should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Do you pay someone or an organization to care of your dependent to allow you (and your spouse, if filing a joint return) to work or to look for work?
  • Do you (and your spouse if you file taxes jointly) earn income from wages, salaries, tips, other taxable employee money, or earnings from self-employment?
  • Is your tax filing status single, married filing jointly, head of household or qualifying widow(er) with a dependent child?
  • If you are married, do both you and your spouse work outside of the home, or do one of you work outside of the home while the other is a full-time student, has a disability, or is looking for work?

What you need to apply

To claim the credits, you will need to prove the following for all people listed on your tax return:

  • Identity and age: such as photo ID, driver’s license, IDNYC, passport, or naturalization certificate.
  • Citizenship or immigration status: such as your birth certificate or a U.S. passport.
  • Your earned and unearned income (if any): such as a recent pay stub or unemployment benefits statement, pension correspondence, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
  • Dependent care cost: Amount of money you pay for your child or dependent’s care.
  • Provider’s name, address, and identification number (EIN or Social Security Number).

How to apply

  • File online: you can file your taxes online, using NYC Free Tax Prep
  • File with drop-off services: you can drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later
  • File in-person: you may qualify to have your taxes prepared for free through in person at one of the tax prep locations near you.
  • You will need the following forms:

    • Child and Dependent Care Expenses form: Form 2441.
    • U.S. Individual Income Tax Return: Form 1040 or U.S. Nonresident Income Tax Return: Form 1040NR.

How to get help

Visit a tax prep location

If you qualify, visit a tax prep location to get help filing your taxes in person.

Visit the website

Visit the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for more information.

Immigrants can make an appointment with ActionNYC to receive assistance.

Find a VITA or TCE location

Call 800-906-9887 to find the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE).

Call 311

Ask for Tax Preparation assistance.

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Updated September 13, 2021