A tax credit is even more valuable to families than a tax deduction! It’s a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the taxes you owe. Some credits are refundable—reducing taxes otherwise owed to zero and getting a refund.
NEW federal tax benefits:
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 enhanced the benefits of families with children and child care specifically. The details of the new benefits can be hard to understand, so we’re here to break it down.
Under current federal law, eligible families can claim 2021 child care tax credits up to the following maximum amounts:
There are rules for these federal tax credits, so please speak to your tax advisor about how they apply to your family. In the meantime, this child care tax credits calculator is a quick tool for a broad estimate.
State tax benefits:
Each state offers different tax credits to offset the cost of child care.
See what benefits might be available to you in Tennessee.
If your family needs help with tuition, there are state and local agencies to provide tuition subsidies. This map is a great starting point for finding the financial assistance resources available.
We proudly accept subsidies via DHS, AmeriCorp, Smart Steps, and Families First, and we’re always open to discussing other options. Work with us to make it work for you.
More and more employers add child care benefits to their employee compensation packages because it’s hard to do your job without reliable child care!
Talk with your employer or your HR department about whether they offer child care benefits and how to use them.