Sending the Kids to Day Camp May Bring a Tax Break

May 12, 2022 HoganTaylor

Kids to Day Camp

Among the many challenges of parenthood is school’s summer breaks. Parents who send a child to day camp may qualify for the child and dependent care credit. Babysitters or day camps are options. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but you may be eligible for a tax break. This article explains why tax credits are so valuable and how eligibility for this one is determined. (Note: Overnight camps do not qualify.)


Dollar-for-dollar savings

Day camp or babysitter costs can be a qualified expense under the child and dependent care tax credit. The credit is worth 20% to 35% of the qualifying costs, subject to an income cap. As of this writing, the maximum credit for 2022 is expected to revert to the 2020 level of $2,100 for one child. This is much lower than for 2021, when the credit was temporarily expanded due to COVID-19.

Tax credits are particularly valuable because they reduce your tax liability dollar-for-dollar — $100 of tax credit saves $100 of taxes. Deductions simply reduce the amount of income subject to tax. If you are in the 24% tax bracket, $100 of deductions saves you only $24 of taxes.

Qualifying for the credit

Only dependents under age 13 qualify. Eligible care costs are those incurred while you work or look for work. You must report the providers name, address, and tax identification number.

Expenses paid from or reimbursed by an employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account cannot be used to claim the credit. The same is true for a Dependent Care Assistance Program.

Determining eligibility

Additional rules apply to this credit. Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility for the credit and the exceptions.

HoganTaylor Tax Services

If you have any questions about the content of this publication, or if you would like more information about HoganTaylor's Tax services, please contact Tony Otto, Lead Tax Partner. You may also contact Denise Felber, Tax Partner.

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