How to File for Child Tax Relief

Child tax relief is found through the child and dependent care expenses tax credit. This tax credit is available to taxpayers who file Form 1040 or 1040A. A taxpayer who files the Form 1040EZ cannot claim the child and dependent care expenses credit, however, the earned income credit may be available as an alternative for child tax relief.

Form 2441 and Publication 503

Filing for the child and dependent care expenses credit is done on Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. The IRS provides guidance on how to complete the filing for the child and dependent care expenses tax credit in its Publication 503.

Income and Support Tests

There are several income and support tests that have to be met by a taxpayer in order to claim the child and dependent care expenses tax credit. These tests, as outlined in IRS Publication 503, provide a way for a taxpayer to determine qualification for the credit.  

The easiest way to complete the requirements necessary to file and receive the child and dependent care expenses is to use tax preparation software or a service. 

Visit IRS.gov Site

You can go to the IRS website for information concerning the credit as well as the forms necessary to file. It is however strongly suggested to go to a tax preparation service or use approved software to accomplish this filing.

If a child tax credit is allowed or permitted in the state in which you live, you should be able to find information online at the state’s department of tax or revenue.  The process for filing for a state child and dependent care expenses tax credit is similar to the process on the federal level.  Filing for a state child tax credit may also be accomplished with tax preparation software.

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