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State Child Care and Dependent Care Tax Provisions

Tax Provisions, Tax Year 2015

Child and dependent care expenses can take a huge bite out of families’ budgets. With few increases in  state or federal funding, direct child care assistance is not available to every family that needs help paying for child and dependent care.

The federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and similar state tax provisions can help eligible families offset their child care expenses. These tax provisions can lower the income taxes that families must pay and, in some cases, give cash refunds to families whose incomes are too low to owe taxes.

Twenty-six states (including the District of Columbia) have child and dependent care tax provisions. Twelve of those states offer refundable credits (listed in bold).

State Tax Provisions

State Tax Provisions

For more information about state child and dependent care tax provisions, see NWLC’s report, Making Care Less Taxing, available at http://www.
nwlc.org/our-resources/reports_toolkits/making-careless-taxing. If you are interested in introducing or improving a child and dependent care tax credit in your state, please contact Amelia Bell at abell@nwlc.org. If you are interested in conducting outreach activities to inform families in your state about these and other valuable tax credits for which they may be eligible, please visit NWLC’s tax credits outreach campaign webpage at www.nwlc.org/loweryourtaxes.

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