What expenses qualify for the childcare credit?

Parents who have children under the age of 13 are allowed a tax credit for childcare expenses paid so they can work. In the summer, many parents send their children to a structured day camp or an overnight camp for a week or two at a time. In most cases, the cost of sending your child to a camp of this nature does not qualify as a childcare expense, even if one of the reasons for sending the child is for care.

In order for the cost of a day camp to qualify for a tax credit, the organization that conducts the camp must adhere to the same rules as a dependent care center.

If you need childcare in the summer months and hire someone to come and watch your children in your home, the amount you pay for care qualifies for the credit. However, if your wish to take the credit, you must get the caregiver's social security number and address. Plus, you must issue that person a W-2 if you pay him or her more than $2,000.

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    Make interest payments work for you, not against you

    You can deduct business-related interest on your business return if you used the borrowed funds to purchase business supplies, equipment, services, etc. Co-mingling business and personal expenses makes it difficult to determine what amount of the interest is business versus personal. If this happens, the IRS may consider the entire amount as nondeductible personal interest and disallow the deduction. Therefore, keep all business purchases made with loans and credit cards clearly separate from your personal expenses. Use a separate credit card for your business to make it easier.

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  • SS Wage Base

    The Social Security wage base increases to $118,500 in 2016. This means that you are no longer required to withhold social security tax for employees after meeting this threshold. However, you are required to withhold Medicare taxes regardless of the amount of wages paid.
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    Certain taxpayers are eligible for a tax credit

    If your adjusted gross income is less than $50,000, you may be eligible for a nonrefundable credit against your income tax for elective contributions you make to §401 (k) plans,

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