The amount of qualifying costs grows from $3,000 to $8,000 for a single qualifying person, and from $6,000 to $16,000 for two or more qualified persons, depending on the number of qualifying individuals. The percentage of qualified costs that are eligible for the credit increases from 35 percent to 50 percent for the 2017 tax year.
If you hired someone else to care for your parents while you worked or sought for job, you may be qualified to claim the child and dependent care tax credit on your income tax return. To be eligible for the credit, you—and, if you’re married, your spouse—must have earned income during the calendar year.
Your parent cannot have a gross annual income of more than $4,300 (in 2020) or less than $4,300 (in 2020). It is important to note that gross income does not include Social Security benefits or any tax-exempt income.
A professional may also assist you in avoiding making a mistake that might get you in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) while claiming tax credits for caregiving services you give. After all, tax blunders may be quite expensive! The first step in claiming any applicable tax credit for an older parent who lives with you is to declare them as a dependant on your tax return.