Looking ahead: How the American Rescue Plan affects 2021 taxes
This is the first of two tax tips providing an overview of how the American Rescue Plan may affect some individual’s 2021 taxes.
Child and dependent care credit increased for 2021 only
The new law increases the amount of the credit and the percentage of employment-related expenses for qualifying care considered in calculating the credit, modifies the phase-out of the credit for higher earners, and makes it refundable for eligible taxpayers.
For 2021, eligible taxpayers can claim qualifying employment-related expenses up to:
• $8,000 for one qualifying individual, up from $3,000 in prior years, or
• $16,000 for two or more qualifying individuals, up from $6,000.
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