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mountaintown

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Dependent care credit vs dependent flex
« on: April 28, 2021, 11:40:04 PM »
This year the dependent tax credit is seeing substantial enhancements. Now itís up to 50 % of expenses up to 8000 in a refundable credit. Since itís now 50% vs 20% ... Iím wondering if it makes more sense to to claim the credit vs the dependent flex care account which is now increased to 10,000 I think.

We have already used about 4000 of dependent flex money this year and that will be it. We will end up with about 14000 in childcare expenses. So we could still max out the dependent flex account with the new open season or... should we take the approximate 5000 credit instead?

Our AGI is about 107,000 mfj so we should qualify. Benefits are so great this year Iím considering getting a nanny for our twins instead of daycare since Iím leaving at least 3000 credit on the table.

Summary question: is it now more tax efficient to take the tax credit vs dependent flex account?

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Re: Dependent care credit vs dependent flex
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2021, 08:22:47 AM »
Yes - this was discussed a bit in the comments of this post
https://www.gocurrycracker.com/american-rescue-plan-act-of-2021/

The tax you would save on a 10k deduction is about $1,200

1.2k < 5k