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Claiming Summer Camp as a Tax Write-Off

Your Child's Camp Experience May Yield Tax Advantages

Expenses associated with a summer camp may yield a tax break for working parents as part of the child care tax credit.  Here are some rules and guidelines to keep in mind:
  • Overnight camps might give parents a break, but won't qualify as a tax break.
  • Day camps qualify, even if dedicated to a particular activity (volleyball, lacrosse, dinosaurs, etc.).
  • The child going to camp has to be under 13 this year to qualify.
  • Both parents must be working and earning income in order to claim the child care tax credit.
  • Make sure the day camp provider will provide a receipt and their Tax ID Number (commonly referred to as an 'EIN")
  • Only the day camp fee qualifies.  Uniforms, camp supplies and transportation costs do not qualify for the tax credit.
Depending on your overall tax picture for 2016, the child care tax credit can be as much as 35% of qualifying expenses, which can be as much as $3,000 for one child, or $6,000 for two or more children.

Certainly you don't send your kids to camp for a tax break, but knowing the rules may pay off when we prepare your 2016 tax return!

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