Save with a Dependent Care Account
A Dependent Care Spending Account (DCA) allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for day care expenses when you and your spouse are at work.
Keep these things in mind:
- There is a $5,000 annual maximum per household.
- Record expenses for dependents children under age 13 who you claim on your taxes, or a disabled spouse or dependents of any age.
- To qualify, you and your spouse must be employed, looking for work, or your spouse must be a full-time student.
- Be conservative. If you don’t use the money in your account within the plan year, you lose it.
- Once the plan year has started, you cannot change your election unless there is an IRS-approved status change event.
- Costs already claimed as a dependent care tax credit on your income tax return
- Nursing home, respite care or other residential care centers
- Services provided by one of your dependents
- Nighttime babysitting expenses that are not work related
- Expenses while absent for work for more than two weeks at a time
- Costs paid to your own dependents, under age 19, who are caring for your own dependents
- Expenses paid for schooling for kindergarten or higher
IRS Publication 503 is your complete up-to-date guide on DCA related to your personal circumstances.
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