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What you need to know about Child Care Expenses, part 2in Tax Advice Information and Updates
For whom can you claim child care expenses? You can only claim child care expenses for an eligible child. An eligible child is your or your spouse’s or common law partner’s or a child who was dependent on you or your spouse or common law partner and whose net income in 2016 was $11,474 or less. An eligible child must have been under 16 years old at some time in the year. However, if the child was mentally or physically infirm and dependent on you or your spouse or common law partner, the age limit does not apply.
What payments can you claim? You can claim child care expenses that were incurred for services in the year including:
- caregivers providing child care services;
- day nursery schools and daycare centres;
- educational institutions for the part that relate to child care services;
- day camps and day sports schools where the primary goal of the camp is to care for children or;
- boarding schools, overnight sports schools or camps where lodging is involved.
Remember, the child care services, if provided by an individual, cannot be the eligible child’s parent, another person who lived with you during the year who was your spouse or common-law partner, a person for whom you or another person claimed an amount on or a person under 18 who is related to you.
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