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Child-Care Credit, Split Schedule C

Posted by Lee Reams Sr. on

When both spouses in a married couple are involved in the operation of an unincorporated business, it is fairly common– but incorrect – for all of that business’s income to be reported on one spouse’s Schedule C. In this case, the spouse not filing a Schedule C loses out on the chance to accumulate his or her own eligibility for Social Security benefits. In addition, to claim a child-care credit, both spouses on a joint return must have earned income (or imputed income if one of the spouses is a full-time student or is disabled), so unless the non-Schedule C spouse has another source of earned income, the couple will not be allowed a child-care credit.

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