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Parents can get tax credit for sending kids to day camp

Here's a tax break for the busy summer. Many working parents must arrange for care of their children during the school vacation period. A popular solution - with a tax benefit - is a day camp program.

Here's a tax break for the busy summer. Many working parents must arrange for care of their children during the school vacation period. A popular solution - with a tax benefit - is a day camp program.

The Internal Revenue Service reminds parents that the cost of day camp may count as an expense towards the child and dependent care credit. (Expenses for overnight camps do not qualify.) If the kids aren't going to day camp, your at-home child care provider or a daycare facility outside the home can also provide some tax benefit if the child is under 13 years of age and you qualify for the credit.

The credit is generally 20 to 35 percent of non-reimbursed expenses; up to $3,000 in expenses for one child and up to $6,000 for two or more children. The actual credit is also based on your income. The 35 percent rate applies if your income is less than $15,000; the 20 percent rate, if your income is more than $43,000.

Be sure to keep records of child- or dependent-care related expenses.

For more information, check out IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, available at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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