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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966, gives any person the right to access federal agency records, unless the information is protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions. FOIA authorizes government agencies to recover the cost of complying with a FOIA request.

Under FOIA, certain information submitted to the IRS by an individual applying for a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) must be disclosed by the IRS under FOIA, and the individual cannot opt out of the disclosure.

FOIA Awareness for PTIN Holders

The PTIN holder information subject to public disclosure includes:

  • Name
  • Business name
  • Business website address
  • Business phone number
  • Business mailing address – Either a physical address or a P.O. Box is acceptable as a business address.
  • Email address – Any valid email address that you check regularly for PTIN communications is acceptable.
  • Professional credentials

Updating your contact information

To maintain the privacy of your personal information, PTIN holders can update contact information.

Unwanted solicitations

Legitimate IRS emails regarding PTIN issues are sent from two email addresses: irs@service.govdelivery.com and TaxPro_PTIN@irs.gov. The IRS is aware of malicious emails attempting to spoof these email addresses. Pay careful attention to whether an email is actually from one of these addresses. If you feel that you have received a suspicious phishing email, follow the directions found here.

If you receive email solicitations from other organizations and they are unwanted, the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection provides guidance on whether an email or other contact violates the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and how to report violations.

Additionally, exercise caution on websites without a .gov domain. Only sites with the .gov domain are official government websites.

PTIN application changes

To clearly distinguish between public and private information, the IRS changed the “Permanent Mailing Address” box on the PTIN application to “Personal Mailing Address”. This change clarified that the information is personal and exempt from public disclosure under FOIA rules.

Also, the IRS removed the prohibition on entering a post office box in the “Business Mailing Address” box on the PTIN application. PTIN holders may now enter a P.O. Box as their business mailing address.

If you used your Personal Mailing Address as your Business Mailing Address or used a street address when you preferred to provide a P.O Box as your Business Mailing Address, you may update your contact information. But note that your Business Mailing Address is not exempt from disclosure under FOIA rules and it will be released even if it is the same as your Personal Mailing Address.

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Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file The care must be for one or more qualifying persons who are identified on Form 2441. Turbotax free file (See Qualifying Person Test. Turbotax free file ) You (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. Turbotax free file (However, see Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self under Earned Income Test, later. Turbotax free file ) You must pay child and dependent care expenses so you (and your spouse if filing jointly) can work or look for work. Turbotax free file (See Work-Related Expense Test, later. Turbotax free file ) You must make payments for child and dependent care to someone you (and your spouse) cannot claim as a dependent. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file See Payments to Relatives or Dependents under Work-Related Expense Test, later. Turbotax free file Your filing status may be single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Turbotax free file If you are married, you must file a joint return, unless an exception applies to you. Turbotax free file See Joint Return Test, later. Turbotax free file You must identify the care provider on your tax return. Turbotax free file (See Provider Identification Test, later. Turbotax free file ) 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). Turbotax free file (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. Turbotax free file See Reduced Dollar Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. Turbotax free file ) These tests are presented in Figure A and are also explained in detail in this publication. Turbotax free file Qualifying Person Test Your child and dependent care expenses must be for the care of one or more qualifying persons. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Dependent defined. Turbotax free file   A dependent is a person, other than you or your spouse, for whom you can claim an exemption. Turbotax free file To be your dependent, a person must be your qualifying child (or your qualifying relative). Turbotax free file Qualifying child. Turbotax free file   To be your qualifying child, a child must live with you for more than half the year and meet other requirements. Turbotax free file More information. Turbotax free file   For more information about who is a dependent or a qualifying child, see Publication 501. Turbotax free file Physically or mentally not able to care for oneself. Turbotax free file   Persons who cannot dress, clean, or feed themselves because of physical or mental problems are considered not able to care for themselves. Turbotax free file Also, persons who must have constant attention to prevent them from injuring themselves or others are considered not able to care for themselves. Turbotax free file Person qualifying for part of year. Turbotax free file   You determine a person's qualifying status each day. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Also see Yearly limit under Dollar Limit, later. Turbotax free file Birth or death of otherwise qualifying person. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Taxpayer identification number. Turbotax free file   You must include on your return the name and taxpayer identification number (generally the social security number) of the qualifying person(s). Turbotax free file If the correct information is not shown, the credit may be reduced or disallowed. Turbotax free file Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) for aliens. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file The ITIN is entered wherever an SSN is requested on a tax return. Turbotax free file If the alien does not have an ITIN, he or she must apply for one. Turbotax free file See Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, for details. Turbotax free file   An ITIN is for tax use only. Turbotax free file It does not entitle the holder to social security benefits or change the holder's employment or immigration status under U. Turbotax free file S. Turbotax free file law. Turbotax free file Adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file File Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U. Turbotax free file S. Turbotax free file Adoptions. Turbotax free file Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights in 2013. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file For details and an exception for a parent who works at night, see Publication 501. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Please click here for the text description of the image. Turbotax free file Figure a. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Earned income. Turbotax free file   Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, other taxable employee compensation, and net earnings from self-employment. Turbotax free file A net loss from self-employment reduces earned income. Turbotax free file Earned income also includes strike benefits and any disability pay you report as wages. Turbotax free file   Generally, only taxable compensation is included. Turbotax free file However, you can elect to include nontaxable combat pay in earned income. Turbotax free file If you are filing a joint return and both you and your spouse received nontaxable combat pay, you can each make your own election. Turbotax free file (In other words, if one of you makes the election, the other one can also make it but does not have to. Turbotax free file ) 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. Turbotax free file You should figure your credit both ways and make the election if it gives you a greater tax benefit. Turbotax free file    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. Turbotax free file Members of certain religious faiths opposed to social security. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file   Each form is discussed here in terms of what is or is not earned income for purposes of the child and dependent care credit. Turbotax free file For information on the use of these forms, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. Turbotax free file Form 4361. Turbotax free file   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4361, amounts you received for performing ministerial duties as an employee are earned income. Turbotax free file This includes wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation. Turbotax free file   However, amounts you received for ministerial duties, but not as an employee, do not count as earned income. Turbotax free file Examples include fees for performing marriages and honoraria for delivering speeches. Turbotax free file   Any amount you received for work that is not related to your ministerial duties is earned income. Turbotax free file Form 4029. Turbotax free file   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4029, all wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation are earned income. Turbotax free file   However, amounts you received as a self-employed individual do not count as earned income. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file S. Turbotax free file trade or business, or Any amount received for work while an inmate in a penal institution. Turbotax free file Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file (Your spouse also must live with you for more than half the year. Turbotax free file )   If you are filing a joint return, this rule also applies to you. Turbotax free file You can be treated as having earned income for any month you are a full-time student or not able to care for yourself. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file   This rule applies to only one spouse for any one month. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Full-time student. Turbotax free file    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. Turbotax free file You must have been a full-time student for some part of each of 5 calendar months during the year. Turbotax free file (The months need not be consecutive. Turbotax free file ) School. Turbotax free file   The term “school” includes high schools, colleges, universities, and technical, trade, and mechanical schools. Turbotax free file A school does not include an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet. Turbotax free file Work-Related Expense Test Child and dependent care expenses must be work-related to qualify for the credit. Turbotax free file Expenses are considered work-related only if both of the following are true. Turbotax free file They allow you (and your spouse if filing jointly) to work or look for work. Turbotax free file They are for a qualifying person's care. Turbotax free file Working or Looking for Work To be work-related, your expenses must allow you to work or look for work. Turbotax free file If you are married, generally both you and your spouse must work or look for work. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Your work can be for others or in your own business or partnership. Turbotax free file It can be either full time or part time. Turbotax free file Work also includes actively looking for work. Turbotax free file However, if you do not find a job and have no earned income for the year, you cannot take this credit. Turbotax free file See Earned Income Test, earlier. Turbotax free file An expense is not considered work-related merely because you had it while you were working. Turbotax free file The purpose of the expense must be to allow you to work. Turbotax free file Whether your expenses allow you to work or look for work depends on the facts. Turbotax free file Example 1. Turbotax free file The cost of a babysitter while you and your spouse go out to eat is not normally a work-related expense. Turbotax free file Example 2. Turbotax free file You work during the day. Turbotax free file Your spouse works at night and sleeps during the day. Turbotax free file You pay for care of your 5-year-old child during the hours when you are working and your spouse is sleeping. Turbotax free file Your expenses are considered work-related. Turbotax free file Volunteer work. Turbotax free file   For this purpose, you are not considered to be working if you do unpaid volunteer work or volunteer work for a nominal salary. Turbotax free file Work for part of year. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 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). Turbotax free file Temporary absence from work. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Instead, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for the period of absence. Turbotax free file   An absence of 2 weeks or less is a short, temporary absence. Turbotax free file An absence of more than 2 weeks may be considered a short, temporary absence, depending on the circumstances. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file You pay a nanny to care for your 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter so you can work. Turbotax free file You become ill and miss 4 months of work but receive sick pay. Turbotax free file You continue to pay the nanny to care for the children while you are ill. Turbotax free file Your absence is not a short, temporary absence, and your expenses are not considered work-related. Turbotax free file Part-time work. Turbotax free file   If you work part-time, you generally must figure your expenses for each day. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Any day when you work at least 1 hour is a day of work. Turbotax free file Example 1. Turbotax free file You work 3 days a week. Turbotax free file While you work, your 6-year-old child attends a dependent care center, which complies with all state and local regulations. Turbotax free file You can pay the center $150 for any 3 days a week or $250 for 5 days a week. Turbotax free file Your child attends the center 5 days a week. Turbotax free file Your work-related expenses are limited to $150 a week. Turbotax free file Example 2. Turbotax free file The facts are the same as in Example 1 except the center does not offer a 3-day option. Turbotax free file The entire $250 weekly fee may be a work-related expense. Turbotax free file Care of a Qualifying Person To be work-related, your expenses must be to provide care for a qualifying person. Turbotax free file You do not have to choose the least expensive way of providing the care. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Expenses are for the care of a qualifying person only if their main purpose is the person's well-being and protection. Turbotax free file Expenses for household services qualify if part of the services is for the care of qualifying persons. Turbotax free file See Household Services, later. Turbotax free file Expenses not for care. Turbotax free file   Expenses for care do not include amounts you pay for food, lodging, clothing, education, and entertainment. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Otherwise, see the discussion of Expenses partly work-related, later. Turbotax free file   Child support payments are not for care and do not qualify for the credit. Turbotax free file Education. Turbotax free file   Expenses for a child in nursery school, preschool, or similar programs for children below the level of kindergarten are expenses for care. Turbotax free file   Expenses to attend kindergarten or a higher grade are not expenses for care. Turbotax free file Do not use these expenses to figure your credit. Turbotax free file   However, expenses for before- or after-school care of a child in kindergarten or a higher grade may be expenses for care. Turbotax free file   Summer school and tutoring programs are not for care. Turbotax free file Example 1. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file The lunch and educational activities are incidental to the childcare, and their cost cannot be separated from the cost of care. Turbotax free file You can count the total cost when you figure the credit. Turbotax free file Example 2. Turbotax free file You place your 10-year-old child in a boarding school so you can work full time. Turbotax free file Only the part of the boarding school expense that is for the care of your child is a work-related expense. Turbotax free file You can count that part of the expense in figuring your credit if it can be separated from the cost of education. Turbotax free file You cannot count any part of the amount you pay the school for your child's education. Turbotax free file Care outside your home. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Dependent care center. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Camp. Turbotax free file   The cost of sending your child to an overnight camp is not considered a work-related expense. Turbotax free file    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. Turbotax free file Transportation. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file This includes transportation by bus, subway, taxi, or private car. Turbotax free file However, transportation not provided by a care provider is not for the care of a qualifying person. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Fees and deposits. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file However, a forfeited deposit is not for the care of a qualifying person if care is not provided. Turbotax free file Example 1. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file The fee you paid is a work-related expense. Turbotax free file Example 2. Turbotax free file You placed a deposit with a preschool to reserve a place for your 3-year-old child. Turbotax free file You later sent your child to a different preschool and forfeited the deposit. Turbotax free file The forfeited deposit is not for care and so is not a work-related expense. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Definition. Turbotax free file   Household services are ordinary and usual services done in and around your home that are necessary to run your home. Turbotax free file They include the services of a housekeeper, maid, or cook. Turbotax free file However, they do not include the services of a chauffeur, bartender, or gardener. Turbotax free file Housekeeper. Turbotax free file   In this publication, the term housekeeper refers to any household employee whose services include the care of a qualifying person. Turbotax free file Expenses partly work-related. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file To figure your credit, count only the part that is work-related. Turbotax free file However, you do not have to divide the expense if only a small part is for other purposes. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file You pay a housekeeper to care for your 9-year-old and 15-year-old children so you can work. Turbotax free file The housekeeper spends most of the time doing normal household work and spends 30 minutes a day driving you to and from work. Turbotax free file You do not have to divide the expenses. Turbotax free file You can treat the entire expense of the housekeeper as work-related because the time spent driving is minimal. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file However, the dollar limit (discussed later) is based on one qualifying person, not two. Turbotax free file Meals and lodging provided for housekeeper. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file If you have extra expenses for providing lodging in your home to the housekeeper, count these as work-related expenses also. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file To provide lodging to the housekeeper, you move to an apartment with an extra bedroom. Turbotax free file You can count the extra rent and utility expenses for the housekeeper's bedroom as work-related. Turbotax free file However, if your housekeeper moves into an existing bedroom in your home, you can count only the extra utility expenses as work-related. Turbotax free file Taxes paid on wages. Turbotax free file   The taxes you pay on wages for qualifying child and dependent care services are work-related expenses. Turbotax free file For more information on a household employer's tax responsibilities, see Employment Taxes for Household Employers, later. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Joint Return Test Generally, married couples must file a joint return to take the credit. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Legally separated. Turbotax free file   You are not considered married if you are legally separated from your spouse under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Turbotax free file You may be eligible to take the credit on your return using head of household filing status. Turbotax free file Married and living apart. Turbotax free file   You are not considered married and are eligible to take the credit if all the following apply. Turbotax free file You file a return apart from your spouse. Turbotax free file Your home is the home of a qualifying person for more than half the year. Turbotax free file You pay more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the year. Turbotax free file Your spouse does not live in your home for the last 6 months of the year. Turbotax free file Costs of keeping up a home. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file   The costs of keeping up a home do not include payments for clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, transportation, or mortgage principal. Turbotax free file   They also do not include the purchase, permanent improvement, or replacement of property. Turbotax free file For example, you cannot include the cost of replacing a water heater. Turbotax free file However, you can include the cost of repairing a water heater. Turbotax free file Death of spouse. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file If you do remarry before the end of the year, the credit can be claimed on your deceased spouse's own return. Turbotax free file Provider Identification Test You must identify all persons or organizations that provide care for your child or dependent. Turbotax free file Use Form 2441, Part I, to show the information. Turbotax free file 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). Turbotax free file Information needed. Turbotax free file   To identify the care provider, you must give the provider's: Name, Address, and Taxpayer identification number. Turbotax free file    If the care provider is an individual, the taxpayer identification number is his or her social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Turbotax free file If the care provider is an organization, then it is the employer identification number (EIN). Turbotax free file   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). Turbotax free file In this case, enter “Tax-Exempt” in the space where Form 2441 asks for the number. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Getting the information. Turbotax free file    You can use Form W-10, Dependent Care Provider's Identification and Certification, to request the required information from the care provider. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file    You should keep this information with your tax records. Turbotax free file Do not send Form W-10 (or other document containing this information) to the Internal Revenue Service. Turbotax free file Due diligence. Turbotax free file   If the care provider information you give is incorrect or incomplete, your credit may not be allowed. Turbotax free file However, if you can show that you used due diligence in trying to supply the information, you can still claim the credit. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Care providers can be penalized if they do not provide this information to you or if they provide incorrect information. Turbotax free file Provider refusal. Turbotax free file    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). Turbotax free file Enter “See Attached Statement” in the columns calling for the information you do not have. Turbotax free file Then attach a statement explaining that you requested the information from the care provider, but the provider did not give you the information. Turbotax free file Be sure to write your name and social security number on this statement. Turbotax free file The statement will show that you used due diligence in trying to furnish the necessary information. Turbotax free file U. Turbotax free file S. Turbotax free file citizens and resident aliens living abroad. Turbotax free file   If you are living abroad, your care provider may not have, and may not be required to get, a U. Turbotax free file S. Turbotax free file taxpayer identification number (for example, an SSN or an EIN). Turbotax free file If so, enter “LAFCP” (Living Abroad Foreign Care Provider) in the space for the care provider's taxpayer identification number. Turbotax free file How To Figure the Credit Your credit is a percentage of your work-related expenses. Turbotax free file Your expenses are subject to the earned income limit and the dollar limit. Turbotax free file The percentage is based on your adjusted gross income. Turbotax free file Figuring Total Work-Related Expenses To figure the credit for 2013 work-related expenses, count only those you paid by December 31, 2013. Turbotax free file Expenses prepaid in an earlier year. Turbotax free file   If you pay for services before they are provided, you can count the prepaid expenses only in the year the care is received. Turbotax free file Claim the expenses for the later year as if they were actually paid in that later year. Turbotax free file Expenses not paid until the following year. Turbotax free file   Do not count 2012 expenses that you paid in 2013 as work-related expenses for 2013. Turbotax free file You may be able to claim an additional credit for them on your 2013 return, but you must figure it separately. Turbotax free file See Payments for prior year's expenses under Amount of Credit, later. Turbotax free file If you had expenses in 2013 that you did not pay until 2014, you cannot count them when figuring your 2013 credit. Turbotax free file You may be able to claim a credit for them on your 2014 return. Turbotax free file Expenses reimbursed. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file You paid work-related expenses of $3,000. Turbotax free file You are reimbursed $2,000 by a state social services agency. Turbotax free file You can use only $1,000 to figure your credit. Turbotax free file Medical expenses. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file You can use them either way, but you cannot use the same expenses to claim both a credit and a medical expense deduction. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file However, if you use your total expenses to figure your medical expense deduction, you cannot use any part of them to figure your credit. Turbotax free file For information on medical expenses, see Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. Turbotax free file    Amounts excluded from your income under your employer's dependent care benefits plan cannot be used to claim a medical expense deduction. Turbotax free file Dependent Care Benefits If you receive dependent care benefits, your dollar limit for purposes of the credit may be reduced. Turbotax free file See Reduced Dollar Limit, later. Turbotax free file But, even if you cannot take the credit, you may be able to take an exclusion or deduction for the dependent care benefits. Turbotax free file Dependent care benefits. Turbotax free file    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. Turbotax free file Your salary may have been reduced to pay for these benefits. Turbotax free file If you received benefits as an employee, they should be shown in box 10 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Turbotax free file See Statement for employee, later. Turbotax free file Benefits you received as a partner should be shown in box 13 of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) with code O. Turbotax free file   Enter the amount of these benefits on Form 2441, Part III, line 12. Turbotax free file Exclusion or deduction. Turbotax free file   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. Turbotax free file Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. Turbotax free file To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441. Turbotax free file You cannot use Form 1040EZ. Turbotax free file   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. Turbotax free file Therefore, you would not get an exclusion from wages. Turbotax free file Instead, you would get a deduction on Form 1040, Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. Turbotax free file To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. Turbotax free file   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). Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file    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. Turbotax free file Statement for employee. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $5,000 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. Turbotax free file Effect of exclusion on credit. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Earned income for the purpose of figuring the credit is defined under Earned Income Test, earlier. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file You remarried on December 3. Turbotax free file Your earned income for the year was $18,000. Turbotax free file Your new spouse's earned income for the year was $2,000. Turbotax free file You paid work-related expenses of $3,000 for the care of your 5-year-old child and qualified to claim the credit. Turbotax free file 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). Turbotax free file Separated spouse. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Use only your income in figuring the earned income limit. Turbotax free file Surviving spouse. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Community property laws. Turbotax free file   Disregard community property laws when you figure earned income for this credit. Turbotax free file Self-employment earnings. Turbotax free file   If you are self-employed, include your net earnings in earned income. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Include your self-employment earnings in earned income, even if they are less than $400 and you did not file Schedule SE. Turbotax free file Clergy or church employee. Turbotax free file   If you are a member of the clergy or a church employee, see the Instructions for Form 2441 for details. Turbotax free file Statutory employee. Turbotax free file   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). Turbotax free file Net loss. Turbotax free file   You must reduce your earned income by any net loss from self-employment. Turbotax free file Optional method if earnings are low or a net loss. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Get Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for details. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file You or your spouse is a student or not able to care for self. Turbotax free file   Your spouse who is either a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself is treated as having earned income. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Spouse works. Turbotax free file   If your spouse works during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or his or her actual earned income for that month. Turbotax free file Spouse qualifies for part of month. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file You are a student or not able to care for self. Turbotax free file   These rules also apply if you are a student or not able to care for yourself and are filing a joint return. Turbotax free file 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). Turbotax free file If you also work during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or your actual earned income for that month. Turbotax free file Both spouses qualify. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file Jim works and keeps up a home for himself and his wife Sharon. Turbotax free file Because of an accident, Sharon is not able to care for herself for 11 months during the tax year. Turbotax free file During the 11 months, Jim pays $3,300 of work-related expenses for Sharon's care. Turbotax free file These expenses also qualify as medical expenses. Turbotax free file Their adjusted gross income is $29,000 and the entire amount is Jim's earned income. Turbotax free file Jim and Sharon's earned income limit is the smallest of the following amounts. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file However, if they use the $3,300 first as a medical expense, they cannot use any part of that amount to figure the credit. Turbotax free file Dollar Limit There is a dollar limit on the amount of your work-related expenses you can use to figure the credit. Turbotax free file This limit is $3,000 for one qualifying person, or $6,000 for two or more qualifying persons. Turbotax free file If you paid work-related expenses for the care of two or more qualifying persons, the applicable dollar limit is $6,000. Turbotax free file This limit does not need to be divided equally among them. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Yearly limit. Turbotax free file   The dollar limit is a yearly limit. Turbotax free file The amount of the dollar limit remains the same no matter how long, during the year, you have a qualifying person in your household. Turbotax free file Use the $3,000 limit if you paid work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person at any time during the year. Turbotax free file Use $6,000 if you paid work-related expenses for the care of more than one qualifying person at any time during the year. Turbotax free file Example 1. Turbotax free file You pay $500 a month for after-school care for your son. Turbotax free file He turned 13 on May 1 and is no longer a qualifying person. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Example 2. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file You paid $300 per month for the childcare. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Your reduced dollar limit is figured on Form 2441, Part III. Turbotax free file See Dependent Care Benefits, earlier, for information on excluding or deducting these benefits. Turbotax free file Example 1. Turbotax free file George is a widower with one child and earns $24,000 a year. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file His employer pays an additional $1,000 under a qualified dependent care benefit plan. Turbotax free file This $1,000 is excluded from George's income. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Randall is married and both he and his wife are employed. Turbotax free file Each has earned income in excess of $6,000. Turbotax free file They have two children, Anne and Andy, ages 2 and 4, who attend a daycare facility licensed and regulated by the state. Turbotax free file Randall's work-related expenses are $6,000 for the year. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Randall has elected to take the maximum $5,000 exclusion from his salary to cover dependent care expenses through this program. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file This percentage depends on your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. Turbotax free file The following table shows the percentage to use based on adjusted gross income. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file You should show the expenses for each person on Form 2441, line 2, column (c). Turbotax free file However, it is possible a qualifying person could have no expenses and a second qualifying person could have expenses exceeding $3,000. Turbotax free file You should list -0- for the one person and the actual amount for the second person. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file Roger and Megan Paris have two qualifying children. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file They complete Part III of Form 2441 to exclude the $1,000 from their taxable income (offsetting $1,000 of their expenses). Turbotax free file Roger and Megan continue to line 27 to figure their credit using the remaining $18,500 of expenses. Turbotax free file Line 30 tells them to complete line 2 without including any dependent care benefits. Turbotax free file They complete line 2 of Form 2441, listing both Susan and James, as shown in the Line 2 example above. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 00 All of Susan's expenses were covered by the $1,000 of employer-provided dependent care benefits. Turbotax free file However, their son James has special needs and they paid $18,500 for his care. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Payments for prior year's expenses. Turbotax free file   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. Turbotax free file Attach a statement to your form showing how you figured the additional amount from 2012. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Also enter the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses. Turbotax free file Then add this credit to the amount on line 9, and replace the amount on line 9 with the total. Turbotax free file See Worksheet A. Turbotax free file Example. Turbotax free file In 2012, Sam and Kate had childcare expenses of $2,600 for their 12-year-old child. Turbotax free file Of the $2,600, they paid $2,000 in 2012 and $600 in 2013. Turbotax free file Their adjusted gross income for 2012 was $30,000. Turbotax free file Sam's earned income of $14,000 was less than Kate's earned income. Turbotax free file A credit for their 2012 expenses paid in 2013 is not allowed in 2012. Turbotax free file It is allowed for the 2013 tax year, but they must use their adjusted gross income for 2012 to compute the amount. Turbotax free file The filled-in Worksheet A they used to figure this credit is shown later. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file They enter “CPYE $162” and their child's name and SSN in the space to the left of line 9. Turbotax free file Worksheet A. Turbotax free file Worksheet for 2012 Expenses Paid in 2013 Use this worksheet to figure the credit you may claim for 2012 expenses paid in 2013. Turbotax free file 1. Turbotax free file   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. Turbotax free file     2. Turbotax free file   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. Turbotax free file     3. Turbotax free file   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. Turbotax free file     4. Turbotax free file   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. Turbotax free file     5. Turbotax free file   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. Turbotax free file     6. Turbotax free file   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. Turbotax free file     7. Turbotax free file   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. Turbotax free file     8. Turbotax free file   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. Turbotax free file     9. Turbotax free file   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. Turbotax free file     10. Turbotax free file   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. Turbotax free file If zero or less, stop here. Turbotax free file You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. Turbotax free file     11. Turbotax free file   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. Turbotax free file     12. Turbotax free file   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. Turbotax free file             IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over:   But not over:     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . Turbotax free file 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . Turbotax free file 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . Turbotax free file 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . Turbotax free file 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . Turbotax free file 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . Turbotax free file 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . Turbotax free file 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . Turbotax free file 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . Turbotax free file 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . Turbotax free file 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . Turbotax free file 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . Turbotax free file 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . Turbotax free file 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . Turbotax free file 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . Turbotax free file 21                 43,000 — No limit     . Turbotax free file 20           13. Turbotax free file   Multiply line 10 by line 12. Turbotax free file Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file       Worksheet A. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file 1. Turbotax free file   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. Turbotax free file   $2,000 2. Turbotax free file   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. Turbotax free file   600 3. Turbotax free file   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. Turbotax free file   2,600 4. Turbotax free file   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. Turbotax free file   3,000 5. Turbotax free file   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. Turbotax free file   0 6. Turbotax free file   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. Turbotax free file   3,000 7. Turbotax free file   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. Turbotax free file   14,000 8. Turbotax free file   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. Turbotax free file   2,600 9. Turbotax free file   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. Turbotax free file   2,000 10. Turbotax free file   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. Turbotax free file If zero or less, stop here. Turbotax free file You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. Turbotax free file   600 11. Turbotax free file   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. Turbotax free file   30,000 12. Turbotax free file   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. Turbotax free file   . Turbotax free file 27         IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over   But not over     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . Turbotax free file 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . Turbotax free file 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . Turbotax free file 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . Turbotax free file 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . Turbotax free file 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . Turbotax free file 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . Turbotax free file 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . Turbotax free file 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . Turbotax free file 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . Turbotax free file 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . Turbotax free file 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . Turbotax free file 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . Turbotax free file 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . Turbotax free file 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . Turbotax free file 21                 43,000 — No limit     . Turbotax free file 20           13. Turbotax free file   Multiply line 10 by line 12. Turbotax free file Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file   $162   How To Claim the Credit To claim the credit, you can file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. Turbotax free file You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. Turbotax free file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. Turbotax free file    You must complete Form 2441 and attach it to your Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. Turbotax free file Enter the credit on your Form 1040, line 48; Form 1040A, line 29; or Form 1040NR, line 46. Turbotax free file Limit on credit. Turbotax free file    The amount of credit you can claim is limited to your tax. Turbotax free file For more information, see the Instructions for Form 2441. Turbotax free file Tax credit not refundable. Turbotax free file   You cannot get a refund for any part of the credit that is more than this limit. Turbotax free file Recordkeeping. Turbotax free file You should keep records of your work-related expenses. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file Other records you should keep to support your claim for the credit are described under Provider Identification Test, earlier. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file If you are a household employer, you will need an employer identification number (EIN) and you may have to pay employment taxes. Turbotax free file If the individuals who work in your home are self-employed, you are not liable for any of the taxes discussed in this section. Turbotax free file Self-employed persons who are in business for themselves are not household employees. Turbotax free file 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. Turbotax free file If you use a placement agency that exercises control over what work is done and how it will be done by a babysitter or companion who works in your home, the worker is not your employee. Turbotax free file This control could include providing rules of conduct and appearance and requiring regular reports. Turbotax free file In this case, you do not have to pay employment taxes. Turbotax free file But, if an agency merely gives you a list of sitters and you hire one from that list, and pay the sitter directly, the sitter may be your employee. Turbotax free file If you have a household employee, you may be subject to: Social security and Medicare taxes, Federal unemployment tax, and Federal income tax withholding. Turbotax free file Social security and Medicare taxes are generally withheld from the employee's pay and matched by the employer. Turbotax free file Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax is paid by the employer only and provides for payments of unemployment compensation to workers who have lost their jobs. Turbotax free file Federal income tax is withheld from the employee's total pay if the employee asks you to do so and you agree. Turbotax free file For more information on a household employer's tax responsibilities, see Publication 926 and Schedule H (Form 1040) and its instructions. Turbotax free file State employment tax. Turbotax free file   You may also have to pay state unemployment tax. Turbotax free file Contact your state unemployment tax office for information. Turbotax free file You should also find out whether you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry worker's compensation insurance. Turbotax free file For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. Turbotax free file S. Turbotax free file Department of Labor's website. Turbotax free file To find that website, use the link in Publication 926 or search online. Turbotax free file How To Get Tax Help Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Turbotax free file Free help with your tax return. Turbotax free file   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Turbotax free file The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Turbotax free file The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Turbotax free file Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Turbotax free file In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Turbotax free file To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Turbotax free file gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Turbotax free file   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Turbotax free file To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Turbotax free file aarp. Turbotax free file org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Turbotax free file For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Turbotax free file gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Turbotax free file Internet. Turbotax free file    IRS. Turbotax free file gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Turbotax free file Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Turbotax free file Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Turbotax free file Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Turbotax free file gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Turbotax free file The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Turbotax free file Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Turbotax free file You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Turbotax free file The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Turbotax free file Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Turbotax free file No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Turbotax free file 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. 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