Is Summer Camp Deductible?

Is Summer Camp Deductible?

Summer Camp May Qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit

Has your child attended day camp this summer?  If so, you may qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit.
 
Following are some requirements to qualify:

  • the child is under the age of 13 at the time of the camp  – or – 
  • the child can be of any age if mentally or physically disabled and incapable of self care. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year and was either: a) a dependent of yours or b) could have been your dependent except the child’s gross income was over the exemption amount or the child filed a joint return – and – 
  • you and your spouse are working and/or are students

Overnight camps do not qualify.

Be sure to retain your receipt for the camp and obtain the provider’s Federal ID number or social security number.  You will need this information when preparing your tax return.

There are limits on who can provide care in order to claim the credit.  The care provider cannot be your spouse, a parent of the child, anyone listed as a dependent on your tax return, your own child age 18 or younger.

Following are the limits for 2019:

If you paid a daycare center, babysitter, summer camp, or other care provider to care for a qualifying child under age 13 or a disabled dependent of any age, you may qualify for a tax credit of up to 35 percent of qualifying expenses of $3,000 for one child or dependent, or up to $6,000 for two or more children or dependents.

Colleen Minnich

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