Child Care

Today TaxMama hears from Jon in Texas, who tells us. “I work and my wife stays at home. We have our daughter enrolled in a religious affiliated mother’s day out/ pre-k program twice a week. Can the tuition for this be deducted as a childcare expense or such?”

Hi Jon,

This sounds like a wonderful arrangement for all concerned. I’ll bet a lot of women will be envious to know that some people still live a 1950s lifestyle.

But…when it comes to taxes, if your wife is not working, you don’t get the Child and Dependent Care Credit. See Form 2441 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2441.pdf

You only qualify when both spouses work, or one spouse works and the other spouse is either a full-time student or disabled. Does your wife qualify in either of those categories?

If she does, your child has to be in pre-kindergarten – which your daughter is. Once your child hits kindergarten, you’d lose the credit, also. Though you could still pay for before or after-school care.

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about child care and other tax issues, free. Where? Where else? At TaxMama.com

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