The new American Rescue Plan Act provides eligible families with an enhanced child and dependent care credit for 2021. This is the credit for expenses paid for the care of qualifying children under the age 13 so the taxpayer can be gainfully employed. For 2021, the first $8,000 of care expenses generally qualifies for the credit if you have 1 qualifying individual, or $16,000 if you have 2 or more. (These amounts were $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.) If AGI is $125,000 or less, the maximum credit is $4,000 with 1 qualifying individual and $8,000 with 2 or more. The refundable credit phases out and for taxpayers with an AGI greater than $440,000, it’s phased out completely.
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