Child care expenses may be on the rise, but child care tax breaks are a blessing. In order to claim these tax credits, you must obtain the tax identification number for your child care provider. This will help verify any documentation stating the amount paid to the provider and determine if you qualify for your tax credit under government guidelines.
Contact your child care provider's accounting department or payroll department. These departments may be one and the same and will have the information you need. They are legally required to provide you with the company tax identification number upon request.
Call your state's local 800 service. Some states offer a 800 number that will give you tax identification numbers of any business. Just have the facility address, name and child care director's name handy. To find your local 800 number, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or visit the website of your state's Department of Public Health.
Contact your local IRS office by mail or phone. Addresses and phone numbers can be obtained by visiting the IRS website (see Resources) and clicking on the state where the child care provider is registered. It can give you the provider's tax identification number.
Look over your child care receipts. Some child care facilities will have their tax IDs printed or handwritten on your weekly receipts. Also, at the end of the year, most providers will give you a copy of your yearly child care payments, and this will also contain the provider's tax ID number.
Remember, if a child care provider does not have a tax ID number, you can still claim your child care credits on your taxes.
Never hire a provider that is not licensed and does not have a valid tax ID number.
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