Daycare Tax Deduction - How Do I Start?

By: Michael Williams

So how do you get started claiming a daycare tax deduction? You have your own children to take care of, but for some reason you've decided to help other parent's out and take care of theirs too. You've decided to run a daycare out of your home. There is some good news in this, because of this you can apply for a daycare tax deduction on your taxes. Following are a few suggestions that should help you get started.

A good thing to know is that there are certain qualifiers to really be considered a daycare in the sense that will qualify you for the daycare tax deduction. In order to properly qualify you must be correctly certified or have valid exemptions. Obviously if you do not have these or your license has been revoked or rejected for any reason you are no longer qualified for this exemption and cannot legally apply for a daycare tax exemption.

Of course there are also a few factors that you need to know before calculating how much you can correctly deduct and use in qualifying for a daycare tax exemption. Anything related to the facility, in this instance your house that you used to run the daycare could be included. However, in order to calculate this properly you need to figure out what portion you use for business and what is used for living expenses. In this way you can use a portion of the amount you pay on your general bills, such as electricity, that may be employed in running your daycare. Only the amount used when running the daycare can be used to qualify for the daycare tax exemption.

Also included in expenses that can be claimed are any food you may use to feed the children or any employees. In fact you can deduct 100% of the employees meals and use this as part of the calculation for the daycare tax deduction. Of course this is only their salary or wages don't already have a food allowance included. There needs to be careful records in order to use these amounts for the daycare tax deduction. It may be easier to keep a standard rate for all meals and snacks provided as part of the daycare. You can use this up to three snacks a day, beverages and three meals, but you cannot include any non-food items used to prepare the meal.

Therefore, in the end, not all is bad when it comes to running a daycare out of your home. By taking advantage of the daycare tax deduction you are gaining many benefits from running the daycare out of your personal residence. In addition, with careful calculations and a little extra work, you can make the daycare tax deduction work the best for you as it possibly can. So good luck!

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