If you paid a summer day camp like Classroom Antics to care for a qualifying child under age 13 or a disabled dependent of any age, you may qualify for a tax credit of up to 35 percent of qualifying expenses of $3,000 for one child or dependent, or up to $6,000 for two or more children or dependents.
If you have Dependent Care Flexible Spending with your employer, use that first. If you don’t have that, you may itemize your summer day camp expense on your tax returns. The reason is because your child’s day camp can be considered a day care expense, and daycare fees qualify for the child and dependent care credit.
Please note: This does not apply to overnight camps (also called residential camps). This only applies to day camps for children under 13 years old.
The cost of sending your child to an overnight camp is not considered a work-related expense. The cost of sending your child to a day camp may be a work-related expense, even if the camp specializes in a particular activity, such as computers or soccer.IRS Federal Publication 503 (page 7)
- For day camps, yes (for children under 13 years old).
- For overnight camps, no.
- If your child does not spend the night at camp, it is most likely considered a day camp.
- Overnight camps are also called residential camps, because you are a resident when at camp.
You will need your camp’s Federal EIN number (also called a Tax ID number) and their street address in order to process your claim. For Classroom Antics, our EIN is 26-1167872.
Please consult your tax advisor on your specific situation. There are some situations, like divorce or caring for a disabled adult, that can affect this tax deduction.