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Grandparents have custody as parents of grandchildren during

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Grandparents have custody as foster parents of grandchildren during 11 months of 2015. They do not qualify (for a couple of reasons like not providing more than 50% support). Grandparents did pay for child care expenses however and would qualify under all other criteria to take the child care credit. However, since the grandchildren are not dependents on the tax return, would the grandparents be able to claim the child care credit?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 1 month ago.

Hi, my name is Mark. I will be happy to help you with your questions. Unfortunately to be able to claim the child tax credit the child would need to be a dependent.

Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 1 month ago.

Here is information from the IRS regarding the child tax credit. https://www.irs.gov/uac/ten-facts-about-the-child-tax-credit

Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 1 month ago.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
sorry, I said child care credit but I meant to say dependent care credit on form 2441.
Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 1 month ago.

I believe that the dependent care credit also has a dependent requirement. Give me a moment to verify this.

Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 1 month ago.

To qualify for the dependent care credit the individual would need to be a dependent. Below are the qualifications.

A qualifying individual for the child and dependent care credit is:

  • Your dependent qualifying child who is under age 13 when the care is provided,
  • Your spouse who is physically or mentally incapable of self-care and lived with you for more than half of the year, or
  • An individual who is physically or mentally incapable of self-care, lived with you for more than half of the year, and either: (i) is your dependent; or (ii) could have been your dependent except that he or she has gross income that equals or exceeds the exemption amount, or files a joint return, or you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) could have been claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s 2015 return.

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