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Summer Camp Can Provide a Tax Break

August 8th, 2012

As kids enjoy a carefree summer at camp, parents may be more concerned about the cost.  In some cases, there may be a tax break available. On average, parents spend more than two thousand dollars to send their children to four weeks of summer camp.  Any tax credit is surely welcome.

In the case of day camp, a child-care tax credit may be available, if the child is age 13 or under.  Sleep-away camps will generally not qualify for this credit, but some health-related camps may be eligible with a doctor’s recommendation.  This can be particularly helpful for parents of children with special needs.

The dependent care tax credit may be applied to other costs as well.  Nursery school and kindergarten costs are eligible, to the extent that they qualify as child care.  Parents may also deduct the cost of household help and private home nurses in some cases.  In addition, the cost of licensed dependent care centers may be deducted.

Certain limits apply.  The amount of the credit you may claim is also dependent on your income.  And, while the credit can reduce your tax bill, it cannot provide a refund.

For assistance with questions regarding your child’s special needs, visit our website at http://www.specialneedsnewyork.com/.

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